Little Drops of Water Using off-camera flash

The set-up
  1. Take one flash, put it off-camera and point it at a dish of water. You'll need some way to trigger the flash, e.g. a sync cord or wireless triggers.
  2. Add some water drops - I made my "drippy thing" but a plastic bag of water would serve.
  3. I used a standard (50mm) lens on a full-frame dSLR, fitted with a short extension tube to get closer. A macro lens or close-up filters would also work.
  4. I also tried a 70-200mm zoom, fitted with extension tubes. The advantage was an increased distance between the camera and the water. The downside is a decreased depth-of-field.
  5. Set the flash to manual mode and adjust the settings to over-power the ambient light.
  6. Use manual focus - aim where the drops hit the dish of water.
  7. For extra impact I lit the background with a colour-gelled flash and added another gel to the main flash.
  8. Be prepared to take lots of shots!
Well! Who do you think you are?
Family outing
Created By
Roger Walton


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