Waterfalls are one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Stunning waterfall photos like these can inspire other photographers to pick up their cameras and go exploring. It certainly inspired me when I was starting my photography career. However, when I tried to capture my first waterfall photo at Olympic National Park, it was less then inspirational.
After my first failed attempt, I set out to acquire the skills needed to correctly photograph the beauty of waterfalls. It took me awhile before I was able to produce the photos that I had dreamed about. Here are some simple lessons that allowed me to take my photography to the next level.
The area around waterfalls is often wet. Because of this, a circular polarizer is essential to bring out the details and cut down the glare of the wet rocks. Effective use of a circular polarizer requires you to know how to set the circular polarizer properly, know its side effects (such as uneven polarization), and know its limitations.