Trying new concept photos is always an interesting experience for me.
About 2 weeks ago I got an idea of taking photos of water drops. It was known as a quite difficult technique in photography and I did not have experience in taking that kind of photos before so I had to search on the Internet in advance about what to prepare and how to do it. Luckily it was not so complicated!^^
As water has no color, it is necessary to prepare some colored paper for the background. However, I also tried taking photos with white background and the effect after editing was also impressive. Other things we needed to prepare were a tripod, a camera with marco lense, a wireless flashgun, a glass bowl to hold the water, a big tray to hold the glass bowl, any tools that can be used to make water drops and last but not least, some tissue or a towel to clean up water.
The most important thing for taking this kind of photo is to learn how to use the wireless flashgun to help “freeze” the water drops. I’m going to tell you the detailed settings necessary for this. I used the sync shutter speed at 1/200 of a second at 1/128 power. You can try other numbers if you want but it should not be lower than that otherwise you can’t have enough light for your photos.
I had about 30 minutes struggling with this flashgun as it had not worked out the way I wanted. Things would have been more difficult if I hadn’t had a great supporter by my side, Haruka-chan, another intern in Grit. She helped me adjust the flashgun and other things as well. One time while it wasn’t working, she accidentally pressed somewhere and it started to work so we decided immediately to just leave it like that and not to touch it any more (^.^).
Camera settings are also important. With the help of flashgun, I only set the camera shutter speed at 1/125s, ISO 100 and DOF (depth of field) from f10 to f14.
What’s next? Fill the glass bowl with water and put it inside a big tray to avoid making the area around get wet. Now you need something to make the water drops. If you only carry out the photoshoot yourself, it’s better to create a simple system to hold a water bottle, make a tiny hole with a needle and let the water drop slowly. However, I found a medical needle at home so I decided to use it instead of water bottles and Haruka-chan helped me pull the needle. It depends on your own purpose and ideas that you may want to adjust the speed of the waterdrops.
A very important thing is that we must use the Manual mode of the lens because we can adjust the focus to the position where we want the the water to drop down. And also remember not to put your camera too high or too low, I think just a little higher than the surface of the water is ok. Sounds enough, right? Let’s shoot! (^o^)
Drop the water. Shoot. Drop it again. Shoot again. Again and again and again.
It is normal that you may take about 200 – 300 photos and only 10 of them are usable. After shooting comes the editing part. Usually we have to crop the photos to select the best parts and then add some effects if possible. The results may truly surprise you!
Below are some of my photos after editing. This was my first experience in this kind of photos so I will try it again with some changes.
Good luck with your experience if you have!^^