Perfect Water Motion

In this photography class, Karl shows you how you can get creative with different shutter speeds to capture movement in flowing water.

He explains how to adjust your shutter speed to get different effects and shows how easy it is to get creative with different settings. He also shows you how to use ND and polarizing filters to enhance your images.

In this class:

  • Landscape photography tips
  • Understanding shutter speed
  • How to create motion in water
  • Using polarizing filters and ND filters for photographing water
  • Camera settings for landscape photography

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. Hi Karl, great class on this type of photography…. I am trying to guess your settings before you actually show them at the end and I’m close which is exciting.

    My question is where is your focal point when you are shooting this type of image at a low aperture and at a higher aperture?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi, my focus point is either exactly on my main point of interest in the photograph or just slightly beyond it to extend my depth of field further into the photograph. These sort of shots are nearly always done with a smaller aperture so the DOF is quite large on a wide-angle lens.

  2. Candez Photography

    Hi Karl ! I almost jumped out of my chair to try and pick up the filter from the floor when you lost it in the water ! 😱

    I ordered the Lee filters 100 polariser that is the round one you screw on and can turn around to achieve the perfect polarisation you are looking for so at least I am sure loosing it in the water won’t happen (I hope so as it is freaking expensive !!! 300 usd.

    This journey is truly amazing following each video one by one from the start 📸 thanx !!!

    I wish you and all the community a great evening 🌇

  3. Hello Karl! How did you get the water to be almost misty? There are no sharp details in the water.

  4. Another great tutorial with brilliant shots! With the LEE system can I use a Grad ND with the non-100×100 CIRCULAR polarizer (LEE100) that fits into the LEE100 holder? Thanks for the education!


    1. Hi Paulo, this one looks like a two but you can convert them to a three or even four, we have several in the studio with 2, 3 and 4.

  5. Magical place. Certainly learning how the use of grad filters can even up the exposure for more consistent results. Thanks.

    1. Karl always uses the standard 100mm system as the widest he tends to go is the 16-35mm Canon lens or 24mm Hasselblad lens, the SW150 is more for physically wider lenses

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