Location Challenges: How to shoot Waterfalls


Landscape Photography: Start to Finish


Lesson Info

Location Challenges: How to shoot Waterfalls

Waterfalls. So, waterfall, moving water, foreground. Again, capture that movement in the water. So, where do these tend to look best? What can we do to help ourselves with waterfalls? What we want to try to do is no direct sunlight. Direct sunlight is gonna wreak havoc on our waterfalls. So there's so many times where sunny-ish weather is what we're looking for. If I'm gonna shoot a waterfall that day, really overcast weather is kind of the best day to shoot it. Because if you look at these photos, they're all overcast. There's no direct light. This photo, the photo you see on the left there. There's a little hint of sunlight on, you can't see it here, but on that far right side, there's a little hint of sunlight there. But I don't want sun on the water. You don't want direct sun on the water because in order to capture movement in the water you gotta do a longer shutter speed, right? And so what's gonna happen if there's sun on it? Or a really bright hot spot? So, we want to try to ca...

pture our waterfalls either before the sun gets too high or on a cloudy overcast day. But if you start to get those little dappled spots on it, it takes away from the waterfall. And then longer exposure, but not too long. We talked about that, too.

Class Description

It’s one thing to learn how your camera works and study the theory behind landscape photography; it’s quite another to put your knowledge into practice out in the field. Take this class, and you will learn everything you need to know about taking amazing photos of the great outdoors - and turn them into beautiful display-worthy masterpieces.

Join professional landscape and outdoor photographer Matt Kloskowski for this class, and you’ll learn:

  • How to use composition and proper lighting to shoot landscape and outdoor photographs.
  • How to get your images from camera to computer, and how to pick out the best of them.
  • How to enhance your images through Lightroom® and Photoshop®
Matt Kloskowski is a Sony® Artisan of Imagery, and the author of 15 books on post-processing in Adobe® Lightroom® and Photoshop®. In this class, he will walk you through everything that he does to plan his outdoor shoots, select his gear, capture great shots, and post-process his images to evoke the beauty and grandeur of the outdoors.


1Course Introduction 25 Things Every Landscape Photographer Should Know 3Camera Gear 4Gear Q & A 5On Location: Weather & Safety 6On Location Pre-Visualzation Sutro Baths 7On Location: Camera Settings 8On Location: Composition 9Matt Klowskowski - My Story 10On Location: Bracketing 11On Location: Artistic Choices 12On Location: Pre-Visualzation Marshall's Beach 13On Location: Long Exposure 14On Location: iPhone 15On Location: Wrap Location 16Location Challenges: How to Shoot in Open Sun with No Clouds 17Location Challenges: How to shoot Cloudy, Stormy, & Blah Weather 18Location Challenges: How to shoot Beaches 19Location Challenges: How to shoot Waterfalls 20Location Challenges: How to shoot Panorama Vista Scenes 21Location Challenges: How to shoot Lakes 22Location Challenges: How to shoot Mountains 23Location Challenges: How to shoot Deserts 24Location Challenges: How to shoot City Skylines 25Location Challenges: How to shoot Snow 26Location Challenges: How to shoot Backlit Situations 27Outdoor Landscape Workflow & Organization 28Basic Editing in Lightroom: Part 1 29Basic Editing in Lightroom: Part 2 30Lightroom and Photoshop: Intermediate Techniques Pt. 1 31Lightroom and Photoshop: Intermediate Techniques Pt. 2 32HDR for Landscape Photography 33Panoramas for Landscape Photography 34How to shoot Landscape with Adobe Photoshop in Mind 35Sky Replacement in Photoshop 36Processing Project: Stormy Mountains 37Processing Project: Crashing Waves on the Rocks 38Processing Student Raw Images 39Final Q&A


Christian Ruvolo

Mat Kloskowski class is really amazing, full of very useful tipps and inspiration. Wonderful pictures by him help to understand the explanations an I am learning A LOT from him!!! Thank you for the class!!! TOP!!!!


I love Matt's teaching style, humor, honesty, friendliness. I love On1 and all the other demos and critiques he does. He makes me enjoy the craft/art of photography much more and is a great inspiration.

Rita Ortiz

Great class by Matt, one of my top favorite teachers at CL. Easy to understand, great tips and amazing photos :) thanks!