Shutter Speed Smoothing
Say that three times fast!!!
I recently read a critique on a long-exposure waterfall photo that the water was too smooth. Too Smooth? I wasn’t aware that there was any such thing!!! I always go for as long a shutter speed – and therefore the smoothest water – possible!! The critique went on to say that the rule of thumb should be a shutter speed of 1/10 to get the not-too-smooth look although the author did say this is somewhat dependent on the amount of water we’re looking at.
So I did a little experiment. I set my camera to shutter-priority and went from a speed of 1/60 to a speed of 0.6. I won’t upload all the shots here but at what point do you think the water gets “too smooth?”
PS – Using Lightroom I was able to copy my adjustments from picture to picture to picture since all shots needed the same adjustments – what a time saver!!
For me the 1/5 seconds gets the job done but I still like the 0.6 seconds better!