There’s something about finding a waterfall on a hike. They’re amazing to look at. They look great in photos. They make great lunch spots. They’re (sometimes) easy to find on a well-known trail.
We’ve been to a few waterfalls on Vancouver Island and will be visiting many more. Check out the tips for photographing waterfalls at the bottom of the page.
Map of Vancouver Island Waterfalls
Find any of these waterfalls and more on the Gaia Waterfalls map.
Tips for Photographing Waterfalls
Pack dry clothes
A change of clothes back at the car is great for waterfall trips. Even if you it’s a dry, sunny day. Sitting at the base of a waterfall is a very wet place to be. Even better bring a good waterproof jacket if you don’t want to get soaked in the first place.
Bring a tripod
To get the smooth, silky photos of waterfalls that look so good, you’ll need a tripod. Set the timer delay to 2 seconds or use a remote release so you don’t have to touch the camera while it’s taking a shot. Use a very slow shutter speed like 1 second or slower and you’ll get the smooth flowing water look.
Bring lens cloths
Everything gets wet photographing waterfalls, especially your camera. Bring many lens cloths so you can dry your lens in between shots. Either that or don’t sit in the spray from the falls, but what fun is that?
Watch your footing
Often waterfalls are in deep ravines or around the base of cliffs. They are in wet and slippery areas. Pay attention to where you are moving. No one needs to fall off a cliff for the ‘gram.
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Where are your favourite waterfalls? Are you trying to find a waterfall and having trouble? Leave us a comment and we’ll dig into it. Hidden waterfall photo mission? Yes please!