A beginners guide to photographing Geysers
While geysers and hot springs may not top everyone’s list when they go to Iceland, New Zealand, or Yellowstone, once you catch a glimpse of these magnificent phenomenon you would be hard pressed to put your camera down.
So here is a complete beginner’s guide to how to photograph geysers and hot springs.
I was recently lucky enough to be leading a photography holiday through Iceland in conjunction with Travel Department and Dublin Photography School and had an opportunity to teach the group some of the most common ways to photograph these wonders.
1. Shoot in burst mode
2. Turn Auto Focus to manual and Pre-focus your camera or turn on af-c, ai servo mode.
3. Stand upwind of the geysers as all you will photograph is steam downwind and if too close to the geyser may actually get a soaking.
4. To freeze motion you will need to set your camera to at least 400 ISO
5. Shoot in TV or S mode and set a Shutter speed of at least 1/1500 or faster
6. Try to compose your shoot with something to demonstrate scale
6. Water can be very bright and can fool your light meter so be prepared to review you histogram and slightly under exposure your shoot by up to a stop by using EV Compensation
7. You can also add a Circ Pol filter to enhance definition by reducing glare and removing reflections and boosting colors. see a Dublin photography school video here on how to use them
8. There are many ways to photography these wonders of nature; this is just one simple way, once you got your safe shoots move on to experimenting with long exposures and bracketing or multiple exposures.
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Stewart Kenny is a fine art landscape photographer and is head of training at Dublin Photography School. Stewart’s passion is black and white and regularly leads tours and lectures around Ireland when not providing photography courses with Dublin Photography School.