Have you ever seen those pictures with the water dropping? Different colors sometimes, and a big splash back up, or circles going round and round? I really love those kind of pictures, and I always wanted to take a couple of them, so I have done some little research and with the things I have around my house and on my photography bag (which is basically my camera) I decided to give it a try. I always read you needed speedlights, and flashguns and everything sounded so complicated, but I did it just with my camera, my window and midday sunlight, and a remote shutter release. I know they’re not incredible and amazing, but they’re not bad for a first try with almost no means, aren’t they?
So what I did was:
1. Set a bowl, a cup or a plate with water. If you feel adventurous you can use tints to give a touch of color to the water. I also used a white card board as background, so the water drops can get seen better, and it’ll be easier to work with them on the editing.
2. Set your shutter to 1/250, or up (depending on the light conditions, and what you want to achieve, remember if it goes down you’ll catch up some movement and the image will be less sharp). Also, don’t be afraid to crank up the ISO if you need it, in plus if you’re working without flashes as I am, cause you’ll need the extra help to work on high shutter speed without getting the whole thing blurred, which is SO not the point.
3. Then you either can use a remote to shoot while you drop the water and it makes de water drops, or if you don’t have a remote you can also set your camera to shoot passed 5 seconds and try to coordinate. Makes things harder but still… is quite fun :)
4. To make the water fall in drops I tried with spoons, but discovered that straws do the job quite fine.
5. Shoot, have fun and don’t worry about the mess!!