Some times of the year are less conducive to outdoor photography. This can be an opportunity to try new experiences with your camera while staying at home. There are many topics you can photograph without the need to leave your home: water drops are part of it.
The technique being relatively simple, you can get great pictures quite easily. It will just take a little time for preparation and patience to find the right timing.
Prepare your plan
First, choose a container in which you will drop the water droplets. The containers with a vivid color are more suitable because they allow bringing vitality to the photos. Alternatively, you can also use a glass container and position a colored sheet or cardboard underneath.
Before filling your container, clean it carefully to remove any traces of dust or hair – their presence could spoil the end result.
You can control the shape of the projections by adjusting the water depth in the container: shallow for Crown-shaped projections and deeper for column-shaped projections.
Finally, take a pipette or a dropper to drop the drops in the container. You can also use a faucet under which you have arranged your container but you will have less leeway. A plastic bag filled with water that you will have pierced with a needle can also do the trick.
Prepare your photo equipment
The tripod is the indispensable accessory to pass your photos of water drops. You will be able to make sure that your drop is still in the frame and that the focus is adequate. Don’t worry too much about composing at First, just try to make sure that the drop is present in the picture. You will be able to reframe in a second time to get a better composition.
disengage the autofocus and make your focus at the exact spot where the water drop will touch the water surface. You can dip a finger in the water to help you with the focus.
Choose a fast shutter speed (about 1/200 seconds) and a minimum F/4 or F/5.6 aperture to have sufficient depth of field. Finally, turn on your flash: You are ready to photograph.
I present here the basic settings, you can be led to change the shutter speed, the aperture or even the position of the flash according to the effects you want to get.
It’s all about timing
Finding the right timing is what will take you the most time when you are going to start. Position the pipette or dropper at a fixed height and then take out a drop and try to photograph it when it touches the water.
Multiply the shots because you may end up with many missed photos at the beginning. Analyze your photos on your camera screen and adjust the timing accordingly. You should quickly achieve satisfactory results.
Try different liquids and containers
There is a multitude of possible variations to photograph the water droplets and their splashes.
To play with the colors, you can try with soda or milk that you have previously stained with food dye. It may also be interesting to combine two types of liquids: one for the drops, the other for the liquid contained in the container.
Rather than photographing one drop at a time, try to capture multiple falls or use your pipette to create a stream of water.
You can also use a small container such as a spoon or a glass, dropping solid objects rather than a liquid, etc. The possibilities are vast and will only limit your imagination.