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Learn by Doing Photography – Waterdrop

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Photography Assignment #5 A single water drop

Much, much harder than one thinks! The last time I attempted this was about 2 years ago, my friend Sarah and I spent at least half a day trying out different techniques. Last night I gave this a try in the kitchen, but felt like I just didn’t have enough light. So I decided to wait until this morning when there was more available light in the kitchen.

I ended up using an external flash set up on the right side of the bowl. I think the on camera flash would have gotten this same picture, minus the extra bit of light coming in from the right side. I a going to try for some more pictures this afternoon, but I thought I better post with what I had before the day ended and I found myself still in front of the kitchen sink!


I came across many different ways to do so, but here are some of the common ideas on how to photograph water drops:

  • Do it right in the kitchen sink, place a bowl upside down inside the kitchen sink with another bowl facing the correct direction filled with water. This way you can actually turn your faucet on at very slow drip right into your bowl.
  • Set your camera on manual and focus where the drops are going to hit the water.
  • Choose a fast shutter speed.
  • Tripod always a good idea
  • Either a remote shutter cable or set your camera 2 second timer.
  • Use a eye dropper or a cup, be creative look around the house and see what you have to experiment with.
  • Take the picture, review and see if you captured the drop. If not try, try again. This is the tricky part, timing!
  • Experiment with different liquids. Try water, water and milk, soda, use food dye.Try different containers and see what you get.

The fun part is getting creative and seeing what you have around the house to work with!

This was a great explanation of what a water drop does as it hits the water! Exactly half of the water droplet disappears into the water the other half becomes a droplet that shoots back into the air. When that droplet comes back into the water it is again halved, half in the water half shoots back out. They recorded as much as 7 events as one water droplet hit the water. That is amazing!

Next Week Learn by Doing Assignment #6 – Exposing for a light image

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