Capturing water can be a tricky thing to master, but with the right setup it’s not that hard. For close-ups a good natural light source and a macro lens will do the trick. And you can create free water stock photos like the ones below with ease. However, photographic moving water is a bit different where you have to freeze motion with a fast shutter speed. If you have insufficient light just turn up the ISO a bit.
If you’re new to photography and want to learn how to create good looking photos of water, waterfalls, oceans or landscapes check out this tutorial by Digital Photography School; 5 Tips on Photographing Water. I’m sure you can pick up a few things from that article.
The free water photos I’ve picked out for this post are mostly macro images showing close-ups of splashing water and droplets. Although some are more like photos for drink advertisements, which is good because they often come in handy when you need to whip up a poster or need an image for a blog post. Either way, I hope you get inspired to create something awesome with water!