Macro Water Drop Photography

There are a ton of different shots you can get when you zoom in close to a water drop. What is even better, it’s a pretty simple set up and capture these these images.

What you’ll need:

  1. Camera on a Tripod
  2. Speedlight/Trigger and Tripod
  3. Plastic bag with water
  4. Clear container (I used a 9×13 baking dish)
  5. Colorful paper

To start, place the clear container on a flat surface with the plastic bag secured over top. You can tape it to a shelve, use a clip, however works. You’ll cut a very small hole to allow a small, intermittent drip of water. You’ll get your camera set up on a tripod pointed at the water. You’ll need to get pretty close in, with zoom or moving closer physically, to where the drip hits the water’s surface. Tape the colored paper behind the container and set your speedlight to shine on the paper. The light will bounce off and be reflected in the water. For these images I set my camera settings to f/16, 1/160 and ISO 100. Now turn out the lights and start shooting. It doesn’t need to be completely dark, just enough to remove a bit of light. You’ll get a lot of shots without anything there, but you’ll get a few that look like these.

Water Drop Still Motion

Water Drop Still Motion

Water Drop Still Motion

Water Drop Still Motion

Water Drop Still Motion

Water Drop Still Motion

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