About this tutorial:
Creating really good photos of waterfalls, rivers and streams with running water can pose a challenge to new photographers trying to get them to look good when combining them into HDR images. So for todays video tutorial I wanted to show everyone my workflow I use to get the most and what I believe is the best results when using Lightroom and Photomatix Pro software.
The photo used in this tutorial is of Makalan Falls here locally in Agusan del Norte, Philippines. Its a small water fall, but is much larger then it appears in the photo. From the water level to the top is about 4 to 5 meters, with the water at the bottom being anywhere from 1 to 2 meters deep. Its a local spot only really known to residents of the area, but still a popular spot for many children. Its a 15min drive from the main highway and then another 1km walk into the jungle. There was three photos used in creating the final image. I used AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) mode on my Canon 70D DSLR camera. Set to 3 photos total with a -2EV, Metered and +2EV settings. Camera was set to ISO100, Av mode set to f/8 and focal range was at 17mm (28mm on full frame). I used my Sigma 17-70mm Contemporary Lens and a 3 Stop (ND8) Neutral Density filter. The combination of the ND filter and aperture of f/8 allowed me to slow shutter speed down to 1/8sec during bright sunlight without sacrificing optical quality. So final metered exposure was ISO100, f/8, 1/8sec at 17mm. And of course a tripod was used.