One of the brilliant advantages of winter is the tendency for the light to be very low. When this happens then it is possible to be able to take those lovely pictures of running water. You know the ones where the water looks like candy floss and makes the whole picture a beautiful thing. You can’t go out and do this if it’s a bright sunny day especially in the summer when the sun is high in the sky because if you do then the likelihood is that your water will be crisp and not milky. For slow shutter speeds you need low light.
We want to be able to help people with all types of cameras and abilities to be able to produce the same kind of picture as they see in calendars books and on the Internet. So whatever camera you have when it’s a dark day in the winter grab your camera and your tripod if you have one and venture out to somewhere where there is running water. If you don’t have a tripod you may have to rely on somewhere for your camera to just sit without you holding it.
So if you work your camera in manual then the best thing you can do is to set the ISO to 100 and then your shutter speed to roughly 2 seconds or longer and your aperture to F22. You may ask why I don’t set the shutter speed first when I am looking for a slow shutter. Well that’s just me and the way I do things but I find that if my aperture is put right down to its minimum then my shutter will be as long as you like. However if I decide to choose a shutter speed I may not actually be choosing one that is the lowest that is possible. We’ll work differently and that’s the way I do it so you can follow that or give it a go yourself.
If you have a compact camera or you are not used to working in manual then you can set your camera to ‘P’ which is program mode and your ISO to 100 and your White Balance to Cloudy make sure your camera is steady on a tripod or a surface and use your self timer instead of pressing the shutter by hand.
Photo Credit Moira Fulton