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Water Droplets and How to Shoot’em!

Ever imagined how to take photographs of water droplets falling on water in four easy steps? Let me tell you how I did it with just my Advanced Point and Shoot camera (Fujifilm HS50EXR ; Yes! It’s not even a DSLR).

This is how I’d suggest you do it (also how I did it)…

  1. Fill a bowl of water till the rim and open the tap just enough for small droplets to fall at regular intervals. ( I know this step is kind of obvious but I didn’t want to skip it 😛 ).
  2. Switch off all the lights around you, drowning the entire room into pitch black darkness. ( Also, not really necessary but I did it anyway).
  3.  Set your camera on manual mode (if it has one). Set the shutter speed to the fastest possible. I set mine to 1/4000 seconds. Next, keep the aperture wide open (doesn’t matter much if you use forced flash like me). Yes, keep the forced flash on if you switched off all the lights (or even otherwise to compensate for the really fast shutter speed).
  4. Set it on auto/manual focus and focus on where the droplet falls. Shoot the picture just before the droplet hits the surface of the water.

At the end of the fourth step, you should have the photo you’d imagine. Of course it all depends on how close your camera lens is to the bowl and how much you are zooming in. I didn’t zoom in much as my camera was close to the bowl (but far enough to not get wet).

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Here are the settings I used:Capture

How can you improve/improvise? Use macro mode/macro lenses and shoot with an even faster shutter speed.

Hope you enjoyed it, this is my first try at such a wiki/how-to. Also, was the first time I took such pictures. Was lot of fun, to be honest.


P.S. Ever wondered why the crests and troughs are formed when the water droplet falls? it’s because the droplet fall on the surface, leading to the formation of a smaller droplet at that point which gets detached from the water (causing a trough) and then when it falls again, another crest forms. This process goes on and on until the size of the droplet keeps decreasing and becomes negligible, in which case, no more droplets bounce of the surface and the water becomes calm. Have a look at this video to see what I just said..