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I created this thread for photo shooting noobs like myself who would like to ask questions about taking certain photos or what equipment does what.

I like to go hiking out in the mountains near streams and rivers with waterfalls along the path. When I see waterfall photos, I tend to see a nice photo like:


When I go and take the pics, they tend to look like this (one of the photos I took) :


How can I achieve the same quality of photo number 1? :wave:
 

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to achieve that misty water effect you need a slower shutter speed. you can also buy a neutral density filter that reduces the amount of light that enters lens allowing you to change your aperture and shutter speed in bright daylight conditions
 

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to achieve that misty water effect you need a slower shutter speed. you can also buy a neutral density filter that reduces the amount of light that enters lens allowing you to change your aperture and shutter speed in bright daylight conditions
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most people who take pictures like those usually lower their aperture to f/22 in order to get as much detail as possible and allowing less light to enter the camera.
 

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f/22 in order to get as much detail as possible
Isn't that the other way around? The higher the aperture, the sharper the detail?

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Isn't that the other way around? The higher the aperture, the sharper the detail?

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not necessarily, i think it depends on the lens itself. Some lenses are not as sharp when being wide open and some are :shrugs:
 

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lower aperture is f/22 :shrugs:
if you do try taking a picture like this also make sure to keep the iso as low as possible.

f/22 is if you don't have an ND filter or you need to lower your shutter speed some more. now if you shoot at f/8 during the day more light is coming in so you would probably have to stack up some ND filters because the shutter speed will be pretty fast.
 

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I'm liking this thread. Thanks guys for the tips. :thumbup: I think I'll be buying ND filters. Now when you say "stack them up" Do you mean that multiple ND filters can be used? How many should I have on average?
 

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depending on the type of filters that you get. if you buy a regular screw in filter then one filter goes screwed onto the other. Now if you are using a wide angle lens make sure the filter is the slim version because if you don't it might cause some vignetting.

Depending on how bright it is where you're taking pics, it'll give you an idea of how many you would need. i have an nd filter that gives 3 stops of light and if you add like a polarized filter, that can add another stop of light.
 

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The higher the aperture, the sharper the detail?
not necessarily, i think it depends on the lens itself. Some lenses are not as sharp when being wide open and some are :shrugs:
From my previous readings, lenses gain sharpness as you approach the range of f/9.0-f/12.0 (exact value depends on the lens) and lose sharpness as you stray from it towards either end (min/max aperture).
 
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