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Tutorial : Falling Waterdrops

Journal Entry: Thu May 2, 2013, 10:01 AM

Time for another Tutorial :la:

Sorry for uploading it as a journal and not as a deviation, but it is easier and faster for me :aww:

The tutorial is about this kind of photos :
( it's actually quite easy :meow: )

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1. What you need : :D

Bullet; Black a DSLR camera
( maybe Bridge cameras will work too )
Bullet; Black your normal 18-55mm lens or something similar
Bullet; Black a paper with the subject you want to reflect
Bullet; Black a faucet

2. The Setup
I know that it is totally unprofessional, but who cares? It works :D

Img 8584-1 by Kara-a

Img 8726-1 by Kara-a   Img 8725-1 by Kara-a

Img 8629-1 by Kara-a

Bullet; Black just use your bathroom or your kitchen
Bullet; Blackturn the faucet on a little bit, so that there are single drops and no "water column"
Bullet; Black place the paper in the background of the faucet, either right behinde it or laterally, that depends on your preferences and how your faucet is build
Bullet; Black you can either stand, sit or kneel right in front of the sink
Bullet; Black now get as close to the drops as you can ( your camera still has to be able to focus ! )
Bullet; Black focus manually
Bullet; Black if you take photos now it should look similar to the last photo above
( of course you have to get the right timing, but you will get a feeling for that after taking a few photos )

3. The camera settings

Flash : on
Flash Power : - 2/3
Shutter Speed: 1/200 seconds
Aperature : 14-18
Focal Length : 55 mm
ISO : 100

Bullet; Black use a high shutter speed to "freeze" the drops
Bullet; Black the flash has to be on !
Bullet; Black i lower the flash power a little bit, but that's my own preverence and it isn't important
Bullet; Black don't use a too high aperature or the drop with his reflection won't be in focus completely

Img 8665-1 by Kara-a  Img 8707-1 by Kara-a  Img 8722-1 by Kara-a
Aperature : 5,0                                  Aperature : 14,0                                      Aperature : 26

Just look at the sharpness of these 3 photos ( ignore the highered contrast in the middle )
Aperature 5,0 : a lot too blurry
Aperature 14,0 : the whole drop is in focus and sharp, the reflection could be a bit sharper but that's okay
Aperature 26,0 : the drop may be sharp and easy to focus, but the background won't be blurry anymore

4. Some important things

Bullet; Black watch out for your camera, some little splashes on the lens won't hurt it, but of course a lot of water is bad
Bullet; Black take a lot of photo ! there will be some good ones :D
Bullet; Black as a tip, hold your camera vertically, that might sound stupid but if you use your inbuild flash
taking photos horizontally will creat ugly shadows if your faucet is built like mine ( picture 1. )
Bullet; Black subjects where the direction matters have to be upside down
Bullet; Black don't put the paper to far away or the drop will have white areas ( picture 2. )
Bullet; Black don't hold it too close to the faucet either, or shadows will be visible ( picture 3. )
Bullet; Black of course you can use a tripod
Bullet; Black Any questions? Just ask ! :heart:

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NatiaGonitellie Featured By Owner Edited Aug 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the tip....
You did forgot to caution us about felinesinterrupts. 
My first attempt was swiftly interrupted by my mischievous cat.  His tongue then became the focus of my shots, followed by the droplets of water all over his face. L O L Guess I'll have to try again. 
mikestevenson1955 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Thanks for sharing this...i'm off to the bathroom!
Burning-Sapphire Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Student Photographer
I've always been curious about the way photographers do these kinds of pics! Thank you friend!! c: 
Ravetta Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Tolles Tutorial, vielen Dank!

Hier zwei unbearbeitete Beispiele ^
Bei mir ist in allen Tropfen der Schatten vom Wasserhahn zu sehen. Das ist bestimmt der Schlagschatten, den der Blitz auf das Papier wirft.
Ich schätze mal, ich muss mit der Kamera noch näher ran?

Und ja, ich weiß, der Wasserhahn ist total verkalkt XD
Kara-a Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Wirklich schöne Bilder ! :clap:
Und ich bin mir nicht ganz sicher woran das liegt, aber waren die Motive selber relativ groß?
Es könnte helfen kleiner Motive zu nehmen, dadurch muss man mit dem Papier näher an den Wasserhahn, das könnte evtl. helfen.
Ravetta Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke :)

Die Motive waren DIN A5.
Wie groß sind denn deine Motive normalerweise?
Das Blatt, das du im Tutorial verwendest, sieht auch so A5 aus?
Ich probier mal, mit jeweils dem Motiv und der Kamera näher ranzukommen.
Danke für die Hilfe, ich zeig dir dann, was rausgekommen ist c;
AwkwardApartment Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
With the way my faucet is built I get a cast shadow in my pictures no matter what I do :(
Sovoy21 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, thank you for that!! :love:
I'm definitely going to try it out! :)
LigoGren Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will run to try that :D When I saw your photos, the question "HOW?" immediately popped in my mind, so thank you for the tutorial ;)
AbbeyCherylHopkins Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
Thankyou :)
RBThirteen Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So cool!!!Love 
Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
IllyDragonfly Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013   General Artist
It's a great idea, when I'll have a good paper, I'll try! ;)
LizanaBee Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm not a photographer, but I love finding out how things have been accomplished (especially when the answer isn't 'photoshop'), so this is an amazing journal. Double-so in that I find so many artists wind up being very proprietary about their techniques if they find something that works well. So nice to see someone sharing instead of hoarding the information!

Many many props and respect to you. I look forward to seeing what new things you come up with in the future! :aww:
VivianFortunato Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2013
thanks for your experience
Giggys Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Thanks for this tutorial. I'm gonna try :D
Fukzelin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O.o this looks like so much fun. I'm so gonna try this :D
MrGamy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for Sharing i will give it a try!
Phwriter11 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for sharing
siddharth-singh Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for sharing :D
Nexu4 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
great tutorial, thanks for sharing :tighthug:
lindahabiba Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you so much
sis-of-5-boys Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
emeraldeyesx3 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! :hug: Worked .... [link] :D
(not perfect, but still ^^)
serel Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
A great tutorial, and so simple!
BlackAprilBlossom Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist
Thanks for the tutorial!
LMM-Photograghy07 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great Tutorial! I'm going to try it out ^^ Thanks!
musicismylife10027 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Photographer
Thank you so much for responding to my request! Your tutorials are very clear and your instructions get straight to the point; great job! Really looking forward to more in the future.
EllieMcDoodler Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Good tutorial! :D
Dioxim Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's pretty genius!
RezzanATAKOL Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Great tutorial!
Thank you:love:
VisualPoems Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! This is great! :D
Douce-Amertume Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Superbe! :)
Isalovesphotography Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
danke :aww:
MrsRemi Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks so easy!
BornFreak Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Oh, now I understand... Pretty clever! :claphands:
Ozkyks Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are really smart, thanks for writing a tutorial:hug: I'm so going to try this:eager:
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