How to Take Pictures Through a Waterdrop

When I first found out how to take pictures through a water drop, I was obsessed. Waterdrops have been here all along, how could I have missed such a beautiful detail! I will show you just how to capture images through a water drop. First, here is some inspiration! (click to enlarge)

 

Video

For a quick way to learn how to take pictures through a water drop, watch the video below. It’s only 3 minutes long and gives a good idea of what you need to do!

 

Tutorial

Click here to download the pdf, or see the image below. PicturesThroughAWaterdrop-

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Gear

Here are a few things that you are going to need. If you don’t have them, don’t worry. You can get amazing shots with whatever gear you have.

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  • Tripod – It’s important that you are stable, the slightest movement will put the image out of focus.
  • LED or light source – to light up the subject, obviously =)
  • Spray Bottle – to create lots of dews of water on the sibject
  • Eye Dropper – to make the drops with
  • Macro filters – these screw on the end of your lens and act like a magnifying glass. However, they make the edges of your image a little bit blurry, but are easy to put on and take off.
  • Macro Extension Tubes – These go in between your lens and the camera. Harder to get on and off, but don’t blur the edges of your image.
  • And of course, your subject! Pick a subject that has lots of angles and horizontal places to hang drops from.

Steps

  1. Set up your gear. You will need a camera, eyedropper and/or spray bottle, light source, macro filters or tubes, and a tripod. Make sure all gear is working, and set it up.
  2. Set up the subject. Prep and place your subject in front of the camera. Make sure you have different angles to choose from, and several horizontal places as well.
  3. Camera settings. If you are using the macro filters or tubes, you will want a higher number for your f-stop. This might be the opposite of what you think, but since your macro filters/tubes create so much bokeh and blur in the first place, having your f-stop higher will balance it out to add a little more focus. Your ISO is better the lower it is to avoid the grain, and your shutter speed can be changed to make up for any light that you may need. Remember if you are using a speed light, to keep your shutter in between 1/60 and 1/200.
  4. Make the water drop! Natually plants and several objects repel water. So try to find a flat place or the end of something that a drop will stick to. TIP: don’t try to get the drop on there all at once, do it little by little until it makes a nice large drop of water. You can also spray the subject with the water bottle to put beads of water everywhere. Using a combination of the two is also a great thing to try!
  5. Look with your eyes first to find the best angle. This can be tricky. I like to move my head around to see what the best angle is. You can see through the water drop with your eyes, so use your eyes first to see what angles give you the best subjects in the water drop. Then move your camera to that same angle. If you don’t like any of the subjects behind the water drop, you can also hold something behind the water drop, and it will be reflected on the other side.
  6. Take the picture! It’s going to take practice, but it’s really not to hard to get an image through a water drop. Good luck, and send me your images! I would love to see them! Let me know if you have any questions or comments.
  7. Cheap Options! If you don’t have all the equipment or don’t want to buy it, you can always use natural light for the light, and even your phone for the camera. The trick without the macro tubes or filters is to step back, and zoom in. Good luck!