When we saw GaryClark's images we immediately thought of reaching out to him to learn about his style and inspirations. Gary started his photography journey in January 2012. Having never used a DSLR, or any other type of cameras he decided to bite the bullet and learn the hard way: "I have always shot in manual or semi manual modes & capture in RAW format, then develop my images with Lightroom. Although I still have a lot to learn, Photography has become my passion and it is my way of unwinding when I am not working" Read on to find out more!



5 quick tips on how to capture the soft water effect in photography:


1. Use a combination of filters, I tend to use either a 10-Stop or 6-Stop ND plus either soft or hard edge ND graduated filters.

2. Compose and focus your shot, then put your camera or lens into manual focus mode before you attach the filters (This is because the camera cannot see through a 10-stop ND and will struggle to find focus).

3. Cover the camera’s eye piece as it can let in unwanted light and spoil your image, Most DSLR’s come with a cover.

4. Use a exposure calculator to work out the exposure time required for a long exposure, I often use a ND filter calculator app on my smartphone, but with time you can work it out in your head.

5. Start with Aperture priority mode to compose, focus and meter your shot, then switch to Manual/Bulb mode and dial in the settings (Use the ND Filter Calculator: input shutter speed that the metering has suggested plus the grade of ND filter you are using) I.E. 1/15 of a sec plus 10-Stop (ND 3.0) works out to around 67 seconds exposure time. Use a remote release and timer to open and close the shutter. (I use a wireless remote with a built in bulb mode timer),