Photographing Oceans, Beaches, and Waterfalls

In Gear, Photography, Sony by Matt K16 Comments

Back in October I spoke at the PhotoPlus Expo in New York at the Sony Booth. Luckily, Sony records these sessions and puts them up at so the content can be shared after (even if you couldn’t attend). My latest class, Water is Everywhere, is now up on the site. Here’s a link to watch.

Water is Everywhere!

Sony is pretty cool to work with when it comes to these conferences. I know from my experience, I can spot a paid advertisement right away when I’m walking around an expo. So instead, Sony asked that I come up with a topic that I’m passionate about, and to just simply talk about it. They stress that the topic, photography and inspiration come first. And that the gear plays more of a supportive role in the presentation, and only needs to be mentioned if/when something about it played a part in helping you capture the photo.

So I chose water. I love photographing water, and I thought that was a great topic. There’s so many different ways we can do it, so it seemed to fit right in.

Anyway, I was really happy with the way the presentation went and I’m glad that it’s up online so I can share it. Again, here’s the link if you want to watch it. It’s about 15 minutes so it’s a pretty quick one to get through.

Enjoy and have a good one!


  1. Allan Thompson

    Amazing stuff Matt , I always learn something from your tips, talks, and webinars. Thanks for posting this , all best in your new adventures onward into this new year.

  2. Jeffrey Weeks

    Great presentation on capturing water scenes! I thank you for including tips on settings of the different water scenes.

  3. Devlin Martinsen

    Thanks Matt, The rain here lately in Sonoma County is going to finally give me a chance to get some creek and stream photos! I’m looking forward to trying out these techniques!

  4. Dave Evans

    Thank you so much for this great instructional video. I’m looking forward to capturing much better water landscapes with this knowledge.

  5. Tom Kostes

    Great presentation. I’m glad you did’nt advocate “always milky water.” Water has very different natures under many different circumstances and it’s personally galling to me to see the over use of long exposure photography. Sometimes it’s “spot on,” other times just plain unatural.

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      Matt K

      That’s true Tom. I find it a lot like HDR. You learn how to do it. Then you over-use the heck out of it until you settle in to a style for it. I know I’ve been guilty of the same thing in both areas of photography 🙂

  6. John Pascucci

    As usual excellent presentation. Informative helpful and love the apps you suggested getting ready to order them. Your lightroom course was excellent really put lightroom into perspective. and gave me a clear grasp of it.. When are you going to do a photoshop course?? Quick question I shoot with a sony a7RII I turnoff the stabilization on a tripod but what about a monopod with feet?
    Thanks for everything

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      Matt K

      Hi John. Thanks for the note. I’m actually working on the PS Course now. Stay tuned! 🙂
      As for stabilization… I turn it off whenever the camera is perfectly still. So if its perfectly still while on that monopod, then yes – turn it off. If it’s moving at all, then I’d keep it on.

  7. John Pascucci

    Thanks for the response. I’ll sign up as soon as you are opening registration up. You and Diana are a winning combination.

  8. Susan Leatham

    As always Matt, great presentation. I always enjoy your classes and the way you share your knowledge. I too can’t wait for your PS class – you taught me so much about Lightroom that I look forward to learning more about PS with you.

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