Explore the wonders of autumn waterfalls
WANDERING through some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside is only made better with the arrival of autumn. We’d encourage you to explore our amazing national parks in any season, but this is a particularly special time of year.
Invest in ND filters
A waterfall is a naturally magnificent sight, but if you want to give it an extra boost, employ an ND filter. Neutral density filters are essentially darkened pieces of glass that slow down your shutter speed when you’re in bright situations. This means that you can transform the fast rush of the water into a smooth milky blur. If you want to use an ND filter, you must ensure that you’ve also got a tripod to stabilise your camera. Keep in mind that the longer your shutter speed is, the milkier your water will become, so it’s up to you to decide whether you want to retain some of the water’s form or not. We’ve found that using long exposures of over 10sec can produce great results when capturing waterfalls, but try experimenting yourself. We recommend you invest in both a 6-stop and a 10-stop ND filter, as you’ll be able to switch between the two depending on how bright your environment is. To give you an idea of how these two filters would affect your shutter speed, if you had a base exposure of 1/60sec, a 6-stop filter would slow that down to a 1sec exposure, while a 10-stop would give you a 15sec shutter speed.
Set up your camera
When shooting landscapes, you’ll usually want to use a narrow aperture, as this will mean that the majority of your scene is sharply in focus. You’ll also want a low ISO to achieve great image quality. If you were working handheld, this could prove to be a problem, as these settings would typically require a shutter speed below 1/125sec (unless you’re shooting in very bright conditions). However, as we’re aiming to slow down our shutter speed anyway, a narrow aperture and low ISO will actually be beneficial for your shoot. As well as using a tripod, it’s also a good idea to use your camera’s self-timer mode, as this will prevent camera shake when you press the shutter button.
AUTUMN IS A PARTICULARLY SPECIAL TIME OF YEAR TO EXPLORE OUR PARKS...
Above Screw-on ND filters are easy to carry around and use whenever you find a scene that needs them.