Water Droplet Photography Tips

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Do you love taking pictures? If so this is a new and exciting way to take awesome pics that will have your friends and family talking! The best part you can do this at any time of year, time of day, and you don’t have to leave your home to do it! I will show you how to photograph water droplets for some down right amazing pics!

water droplet photography

Photo captured by Jeff Carson (Click Image to See More From Jeff Carson)

Start by mounting your camera on a tripod in front of your setup. Using your viewfinder, make sure you background color is reflecting strongly off the water. Try using a piece of magazine as a target to get your camera ready for focus. I stick with using an aperture of f/4-f/4.5 to make sure the depth of field is still keeping the drop sharp while still blurring the background.

Make sure your set up is well and equally lit, then dim the room lights. Set a fast shutter speed.

I have found that an eye dropper works best for making a drip. Squeeze out a drip, and start by manually flashing, which will then cause all to fire in tandem. Then continue till you achieve your desired result! Your hardest task is going to be timing! Your best method is going to be trail and error. It does take some practice. After about a dozen shots you will start getting in sync with your camera and your amazing pics will be proof!

The other way is to use a sounds activated or motion device that will automatically make the flash units trigger with a ingrate beam when it becomes broken from the falling drop! They are fun to use and seem to be affordable!

how to photograph water droplets

"Droplet" captured by vjekoslav antic (Click Image to See More From vjekoslav antic)

Creating your shape

  1. Crown shapes- you need to fill the receptacle with liquid to about 1 centimeter or less.
  2. Column shapes, your are going to need to add a tad more liquid. Plain water works best so no need to waste your time trying anything else. Its very cost effective and is also very reflective!


Have fun with this there are several different ways you could take it.

  1. Go all black with a beautiful wine glass as your reciprocal.
  2. Use bright fun colors underneath your receptacle, it gives them a fun up beat effect!
  3. Try placing some colorful stones in the bottom.
  4. Wrapping paper works great, make sure you receptacle is in contrasting colors to really make it pop out at you.

At about 120 degrees water drops will reflect a given area. Your background doesn’t have to be huge since it is only going to be sitting about 3 inches behind the receptacle.

water drop photo

Photo captured by Jeff Carson (Click Image to See More From Jeff Carson)

I hope you now have learned how to photograph water droplets and are well on your way to making stunning pics to show to your family and friends!

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  1. werner says:

    Tried my first water droplet sesion today thanks to your article and here is the result: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mosabuam/

  2. I feel inspired! I going to give this a go right now. I should be working but the temptation is too great!

  3. Mahesh says:

    Thanks for the tips. I never realized that a flash is required.

    I experimented on water drops with the following results


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