How to shoot water drop photos


What you'll learn

1. How to set up to create awesome water drop photos

2. How to create a low cost water dropper

3. How to use Triggertrap Mobile's motion mode to capture photos

 
Capturing water drops is a lot of fun. While it is pretty easy by hand, you can make it slightly easier by using a sensor to trigger the camera.


What you'll need

  • DSLR with macro lens,
  • Flash gun, a way of triggering it off camera & stand
  • Triggertrap Mobile Kit for your camera and an iOS device
  • Triggertrap Phonetrap 
  • Optional: Triggertrap Extension Cable
  • A Tripod (you may need an extra depending on how you set up)
  • A baking tray or similar to hold the water
  • A plastic cup
  • A pin
  • A way of securing the cup above the tray - we're using a tripod & gaffer tape.

A bit of theory

This is a fairly simple technique, however you should be pretty confident with using you camera on manual and on manual focus

Water drop photography is a lot of fun, but can be fairly tricky to do by hand. Automating the process with a sensor can help speed things up.
When shooting water drops, there’s a few things you need to consider.

First of all, you’ll be trying to freeze motion. This can be achieved by either using a really fast shutter speed, or by adding in flash. The easiest way to get clean, motion free images is to use a flash. You can either trigger the flash separately for super fast response times and short flash durations, or take trigger the camera. The advantage with triggering the camera instead of the flash is that you can shoot in light enviroments.

For this set up, we'll be using Triggertrap Mobile's Motion mode. The motion mode uses the camera on an iOS device to look for a change in the scene, as such it's important to make sure there is enough light on your set up for the camera to be able to see the water dro[ps

The one thing to consider when using flash with the camera is that the cameras shutter speed shouldn't exceed the sync speed (the shutter speed at which flash still syncs correctly). If you exceed the sync speed, you'll end up getting a dark band across your photo.

 



The finished setup


Capturing the photos


Examples


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