Article by Edwin Brosens - www.edwin-macrophoto.com
Water Drop photography is a great topic that's not only interesting, but it also gives you the chance to show people a world that most have not seen before.
With this in-mind, here's a quick tutorial, plus, example imagery on shooting close-up shots of water drops.
To achieve the required depth of field I use a macro lens and close-up filter
. With this combination I can take photos of tiny water drops set against clean, out of focus backgrounds. We only need the drop to be sharp, and with this combination of macro lens and close-up filter
I can capture the exact look I want to create.
Your garden, after it's rained or the morning after a foggy night, is the perfect location for water drop photography. Look closely at your flowerbeds for flowers that have water drops on them just in the right place. If you look close enough you may be able to see the reflection of the flower or surrounding flowers in it.
Use a tripod because it is too difficult to shoot this kind of imagery hand-held. You also need to switch to manual focus as this will give you more precise control. If you have one, use a remote or cable release to minimise shake.
You then need to look through the viewfinder of your camera and select your focal point in the reflection of the water drop. This is the most important point of your photo, so do experiment with different focal points to see which you like the most. It's also worth taking several shots as it's hard to get it right in one take and remember to take your time. There are no rules when it comes to creativity so do explore various compositions and produce a wide range of photos to see which has the most pleasing composition. When we take photos of drops which are 5mm or less in size each camera movement, even if it's only a few millimetres, can produce a totally different composition.
To create a good composition, position your camera at the same level as the drop. As the photos at the top of the article show, the flower's reflection appears in the drop with the sky acting as a background.
Composition is an important tool in photography, the main subject is the drop and you need a background that is clean, has plenty of colour and good light. If you find an extra 'pop' of light is needed use an external flash to brighten your photos and emphasise the colours.