Tuesday, December 4, 2012

How to Photograph Milky Water

Have you ever wondered how photographers are able to make water look milky? This photo tip will show you how easy it is in 2 simple steps.

1. Set your camera to a long exposure, somewhere between 1 - 3 seconds. You will have to decided how long of an exposure depending on the lighting conditions. The long exposure gives the water time to move creating that milky effect.

2. It's impossible to keep your hand steady for these long exposures. You will need a tripod to pull this off. Setting your camera on a tripod ensures a tack sharp photo for this type of nature photography.

Milky Water Effect
Nikon D200 • ISO 100 • F-Stop 1/13 • Exposure time 1.5 sec • 50 mm lens • Natural Lighting

Using the same setup, my husband captured this photo in Grand Central Station.

Canon Rebel T3i  ISO 100 • F-Stop 22 • Exposure time 30 sec • 50 mm lens • No flash


  1. Awesome! My husband loves photography. I have to share this post with him. We might go walking in the mountains tomorrow and he said that he can't wait to take photos so I can post them on the blog for you to see.

    1. That's awesome. I'm looking forward to seeing them. I love hiking with my camera.

    2. We didn't get to go today because our friends flaked on us. But we have another date for the 2nd or 3rd and will definitely take some pics.



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