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How to Do Water Drop Photography

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Shoot Your Own Amazing Water Drop Photography

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Welcome to the world of water drop photography. In this photography tutorial we show you how to capture water drops using a basic set up and a more complex setup using the SplashArt 2 dropper system.

I first started shooting water drop photography a few years ago when I noticed a few popping up on Flickr. It is an exciting area of macro photography and I was instantly struck by these amazing moments of nature that we see so often in our lives but never have the chance to study. Fascinated, I decided to see what it took to capture these images and I felt I could produce something original using my own lighting ideas and composition.

Having set up, using something very close to the basic setting featured in the video, my first capture of a water drop was extremely satisfying. I was instantly hooked. I quickly upgraded my equipment and bought the SplashArt 2 kit so I could produce and capture water drop collisions repeatedly. Once in the arsenal it left me more time to play with my lighting setup, composition and drop consistency. In water drop photography changing the consistency of the liquid has a direct result on the final image. Milk is slightly thicker so behaves differently and the different surface tension produces different looking drops. I eventually took this to an extreme adding Xanthan Gum to my liquid. This thickens and smooths the liquid to the point where the final drops have a crystal like appearance.

Understanding the theory of water drop photography is key to giving you the ability to fully explore the creative possibilities. Normally we freeze action by increasing shutter speed and this works perfectly in most conditions. However in water drop photography the action is frozen with the flash. When using flash to light a scene the shutter speed is limited by the flash sync speed of your camera. On most DSLR’s this limits you to about 1/200th or 1/250th second which is not quick enough to freeze a water drop. The flash burst is much faster than this so exposes the scene so quickly that it freezes the action. Further, Speedlite flash guns discharge their light faster at lower powers so the lower the power you can manage to use the better your image will be frozen.

After some experimentation I settled on using 1/32 flash power. The shutter speed does not really matter but I set it at 1/200 to avoid any ambient light sneaking into the image. Aperture needs to be as high as possible to ensure all the drop is in sharp focus but needs to be balanced with ISO to obtain a well exposed image that is not too noisy. The majority of my shots have used f/11 and an ISO of around 400.

Hopefully this will arm you with the skills and knowledge required to start shooting your own images. To move things on further you can add extra flash guns and multiple droppers to ensure that every image will be unique.

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39 Comments

  1. Mike Murphy
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Thank you very much for producing this video. I want to set up a system in my college makerspace and this presentation was very helpful.

  2. Mick Christon
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    you said go out………….no need to go anywhere with this one…..thats winter evenings sorted

  3. Daniel Rechai
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Can i only mix water and milk? Without xanthin gum

  4. 4kauria
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Get a bad of water and bite a small hole in it at the corner and fill the water so the camera can see it and Boom!

  5. Antonio Mares
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Awesome 👏 thanks 🙏 shout out from Portland Oregon

  6. bharathi mahalakshmi
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Over talking

  7. Jordan Musleh
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Amazing..!!

  8. Farhan Ahmed Clicks
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Great

  9. Raphael Manzenreither
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Hi,

    When you focus in manual mode on the pen, don't you have to press the depth-of-fiel preview button to really geht the depth of field for the given aperture?
    Best, R

  10. Arul Murugan
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Fantastic

  11. Manish Verma
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    thank you for the video, how about DropRobo water drop photography kit any idea please

  12. bernard jackson
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    wow it was like looking at pictures of blown glass tank you

  13. Ramin Asad
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Hi Professor
    Can I get a similar shot with a 24-105canon lens?
    Or have a macro lens

  14. Video Nation
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Can we use entry level dslr like​ Nikon d3400???

  15. Varun Suchday
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    That is a very helpful video. I really liked the fact that you experimented with different colors. Keep it up, looking forward to some more tutorial videos. Cheers mate

  16. pete draper
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Top presentation: thanks a lot.

  17. Davidovar34
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Cool, very nice tutorial. Thanks! 🙂

  18. Klara Požgaj
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Great video! I have bad flash on my camera so I was having issues….I saw this video and tryed with flash and it turned out awesome! Thank you!

  19. Haley Morn
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    thanks this is really helpful

  20. DylanrmdAverageTvvlogs
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    is the book for free?

  21. Denise Sullivan
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Love it! Can't wait to have a go myself!

  22. Karan Bhavsar
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Thanks Adam, for such wonderful tutorial. This is what I could achieve after watching your video.
    http://fotos.karanbhavsar.in/ripples

    Thanks yet again.
    Karan

  23. Sri Kans
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Super, I have canon 1300 d it’s possible in my camera please tell me

  24. وهبي عبد الله
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    عمل رائع شكرا جزيلا على هاد التوضيح

  25. Tiarara21
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    really interesting, thank you. Subscribed.

  26. Scott Noisternig
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Happy with that one 😀

  27. Mike Davis
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Thank you very helpful this might help I've used these when I got started with water droplets: TRIXES 5 X Halloween Vampire Halloween Clear Blood Energy Drink Pouches and Romed Medical – Infusion Set Individually Sterile Packaged Varying Amounts – 25pcs. Both can be used over & over again and very cheap I've seen your other video on water droplets as well both very good. Well done Mike

  28. Anwesh Clickz
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Good work

  29. Anwesh Clickz
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Amazing video

  30. Pravin Rock
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    can u explain exact setting of camera?

  31. Lisa Snoeijen photography
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Very useful tips, thanx! and great shots!

  32. ivan whitehall
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Very instructive, in simple terms!

  33. Mr Active and Creative
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Good

  34. Doume Patrice
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Tres bon tuto les images sont sublimes BRAVO et merci

  35. Mee mee
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    where can i get a electronic water dropper ?

  36. Nick McDonald
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Excellent tutorial – easy to follow and I got some good results! Thanks.

  37. Utshab Bhusal
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    That was cool.

  38. Kayleigh Echelon
    September 7, 2018 at 20:01

    Hello! I have a question. For college, I am making a webpage about high-speed photography, and I was wondering if it's okay to feature this video on my webpage?
    The only person who's going to see this webpage are my fellow students and my professor, so I won't make any profit of it. I will certainly credit you as well, and have a link leading back to your page!

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