Since the release of the NJspots Maps, the Waterfalls and Lookout Spots map has been one of the more popular maps, and rightfully so. In travel and social media, it seems like all the trendy influencers are taking photos in front of massive waterfalls. But here in New Jersey, we like to think you are looking to explore them for different reasons.
Whether you’re searching for tranquility, a swimming hole, or an excellent spot to take photos in front of the cascading water, we can all agree some impressive waterfalls can be found here in New Jersey. There are quite a few famous and well-visited falls in New Jersey, but you can always hike and find some additional ones that we outline on our map.
Equipment For Photographing Waterfalls
Before we start going over techniques and tips, you must show up to a waterfall like you “kind of” know what you’re doing. These are some things to bring or wear along your journey to the falls.
- 6 (or ten stop) ND (Neutral Density) Filter
- Waterproof shoes (or ones you don’t mind getting wet)
- Extra Socks
- Plastic Cover for
- Microfiber Cloth for Cleaning Lens from Mist
Tips for Photographing Waterfalls
Now that you have all your proper equipment ready for your trek, it’s time to get your techniques ready. Like taking photos anywhere, the settings and setup will sometimes differ for every waterfall you visit. Remember a few things like the time of year, the area’s popularity, and the lighting when taking photos of the waterfall.
Yes — everyone LOVES exploring the outdoors when it’s sunny out, but believe it or not, it’s easier to capture the flow of water when it’s cloudy or overcast, and there isn’t any harsh lighting for the water.
Like the weather, it’s also essential to time your photos of the falls. If it’s a popular area, get there early enough to miss the crowds. No one likes waiting for people to get out of the way or if it’s also a famous swimming hole.
Setting Up Your
If you plan your timing and the weather correctly, it’s time to set up! Set your
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Open Your Shutter & Use Filter
Using the ND Filter is something that we suggest you practice with, perhaps with your kitchen sink running before you head out to the waterfall. Generally, you usually use a shutter speed between 0.5 and 2 seconds. For smaller waterfalls or trickles, you may find that the whole 30 seconds will work, too.
Waterfall Photo Wrap-Up!
As long as you have the correct equipment and set up, you should have no problem taking a few different shots, angles, and shutter speeds when you visit waterfalls. The key is ensuring you have an ND filter to allow your
Looking For Waterfalls In New Jersey?
Some waterfalls are mapped out throughout the state, including natural and artificial ones.