How to combine different shutter speeds to show movement and texture in water

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Waterfalls are one of the most popular subjects for landscape photography, but more often than not photographers will simply focus on turning the motion of the water into a cotton-candy like blur.

True, this looks great, but it also doesn't really reveal any detail or texture in the water, or even present a realistic view of the scene.

In this new video by Adam Gibbs, he shows how he combines a mix of long and short exposures of a waterfall to show a sense of flow, while still retaining texture and detail. Firstly he captures the scene at two different shutter speeds, 1/10s (to retain detail and texture), and 1s (to give a sense of flow).

Importing the images as a stack into Photoshop, he creates a mask on the first image (1/10s) and then inverts it. This then allows him to use the brush tool to paint detail back into the image taken at 1s.

This technique lets you capture motion in a scene, but still allows you to make a creative decision about how much or how little of the texture to reveal.

Better still, the technique doesn't just need to apply to water - moving foliage for example can benefit from this technique. 

You can see more of Adam Gibbs videos on YouTube.

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