My Top 10 Waterfalls to Photograph


Waterfalls have always been my favorite subjects to photograph. Below you can find my top ten list of my favorite waterfalls.







  1. Cedar Falls (Hocking Hills, OH)
  2. ValleyFallsState Park (WV)
  3. CucumberFalls (Ohiopyles State Park PA)
  4. Blackwater Falls State Park (WV)
  5. Ohiopyles Falls (Ohiopyles State Park PA)
  6. Broken Rock Falls (Hocking Hills, OH)
  7. UpperFalls at Old Mans Cave (Hocking Hills, OH)
  8. Boord Nature Preserve  (Layman OH) Picture above
  9. Hayden Falls (DublinOH)
  10. Falls of Hills Creek, (WV)

Here are some tips I put together to help you with waterfall photography.

  1. Use a tripod
  2. Photograph the waterfall at sunrise, sunset, or an overcast day. To avoid harsh light. The worst time to photograph a waterfall is when half of  the falls is in the shade and the other is sunlit. Your camera will not be  able to compensate for the contrast.
  3. Use good composition, remember the rule of Thirds. Walk around the waterfall and look for different angles and camera positions. Shoot at an angle instead of directly in front of the falls. Zoom in and capture small areas instead of trying to capture the entire falls. Include foreground elements such as rock or trees.
  4. Use a slow shutter speed  Start with a shutter speed of a few seconds. When photographing waterfalls, finding the right shutter speed could take a lot of experimentation, but a speed of 2 seconds is usually a good place to start.
  5. Use a polarizing filter  – adjust  your polarizing filter to maximize its effect. just rotate the filter and watch for the reflections to disappear (which should also add more saturated to your final image).
  6. Make sure the camera is level
  7. Use a small aperture – This is necessary for two reasons: it helps  you get a longer shutter and it helps keep everything in sharp focus.
  8. Use the lowest ISO. This also helps you get a slower shutter, lower ISO speeds will produce less noise which will allow you to capture a more dynamic range. Since you will be using a slower shutter speed, your image will be more sensitive to noise, so a low ISO will help reduce the noise.

The most common problem in waterfall photography is blown out highlights. Even when shooting in good light see tip number 2, you’ll probably still get some blown out spot on the waterfall. Adjust your exposure and use your histogram and cameras highlight warning to minimize the blown out areas.

These tips are by no means a complete guide to photographing waterfalls, but it should be a good start.

So, get out and shoot some waterfalls!


Please feel free to comment on my post,

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About Bruce Wunderlich

Bruce Wunderlich is a photographer from Marietta, Ohio. He became interested in photography as a teenager in the 1970s, and has been a passionate student of the art ever since. Bruce recently won Photographer’s Choice award and Grand Prize at the 2015 Shoot the Hills Photography Competition in the Hocking Hills near Logan, Ohio. He has also instructed local classes in basic digital photography. Check out Bruce’s photos at Flickr
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3 Responses to My Top 10 Waterfalls to Photograph

  1. Chris says:

    Makes me want to get out there and shoot.

  2. Faith Wade says:

    You definitely need to do Blackwater Falls……that one brings back memories to me.

  3. alansiegle says:

    Hi Bruce,

    I enjoyed your images and have a question about your recommendations for Fall Colors around your area. I am originally from Pittsburgh and I’m looking for fall color areas around Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, etc. I am recovering from a surgery and can’t walk too long right now.

    Thanks for your help.

    Visit my website to view my photographs at:, you can email me at alan1946″ <


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