Water Drop Photography On A Budget
This is a great way to start your self off doing
water drop photography the hard way…..
No triggers or any other type of high speed photography gizmo’s
just you and your camera…
the whole setup cost under £20
retort stand from ebay (uk seller) delivered in 2 days was £8.99
the valve to regulate the water drops was £1.40 on ebay but you
can find these on any aquarium shop/ they are an air line regulator valve
they have a small tap to control the air flow / water flow in our case
the water tank can be anything you want it to be but to make it easy i used
a turkey baster from quality save £0.99 and its almost a perfect fit for the
air line regulator valve just neeed to wrap a bit of ptfe tape around it
and push it in…… ptfe tape can be found in a plumbing kit from most
pound shops in the uk….. so its under £15 pounds in total…
all you need to do to setup is focus your camera on where ther water drops
land so to do this use a pen / pencil anything long enough to go over
the cup or bowl you are dripping water into
once you have the pen in place and the drips are flowing get you camera focused
on the area about an inch higher from where the drips of water land…
and turn off auto focus if you have not already done so as its better to manual
focus on this …
Please note that light is your friend in photography but shooting water drops
natural light is not you friend its better to shoot in a dark room using a
flashgun / speedlight or 3 of them….. also use a nice coloured background
as you can see i glued a few vintage cars images to a canvas these were
cut out of magazines and pritt stick’d on to the canvas easy to do with
anything you have lying around the house…
Different lenses will have different sweet spots but you want to have a bit
of (DOF) depth of field / shallow depth of field so its easy to find what
looks better with your camera setup only you can define what looks best for your
images i like lots of dof just good focus on the waterdrop
in my images i used a cheap £30 speedlight from neewer you will
need at least one speedlight as its the flash that stops the waterdrop
my demo images were shot at 1/250th second iso 200 f5.6
i used an old grey ef 28-90 mm canon lens / full zoom at 90mm
not bad for a £10 buy on ebay
The water valve can drip water at any speed i closed mind tight
and slowly opened it to get around 1 drip per second and as soon as you see
it drop press the shutter button / or remote trigger button if you have one
also as a side note your camera should be on a tripod for this
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First attempt at shooting bb’s from a bbgunusing the smart trigger by Pluto Triggerafter making some adjustments on the app settings (yes this trigger is controlled by a smartphone app)
compattable with android and apple………………..
these are by no meens the best i can do but just the first i caught and i was only
using the cameras popup flash so not bad at all..
this smart trigger is well worth its small price and with the app to controll it there can be
so much more that can be added to its workings..
look out for more posts about this as im shooting
Why wait for the next model dslr camera upgrade
when your old one will do just fine …
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with 24 modes of shooting this new camera trigger
will get you and you camera shooting things you
thought you couldnt do,,,
so many modes to set this great little trigger too
where to start..
(we wont cover them all as im just starting to use this myself)
the laser trigger…
the laser is one of the items that comes with your purchase
and is handy this will allow you too shoot so many things
you never thought you could….
basic water drop photography is easy with the laser
all you need to do is set the laser pointing through
the droplets of water ( i used a funnel that i crimmped the end )
and set the app settings and your away..
Micnova MQ-VT Series DSLR Trigger
From the site
Motion Trigger Model
The unit’s motion triggering modes uses a Passive Infrared(PIR) sensor.It detects movement of infrared(IR)
sources,such as humans or animals,from up to 5 meters(16.4 feet) away,and smaller wildlife at a closer range.
when the sensor detects IR motion within it’s field of view(Horizontal:94 degree,vertical:82 degree),it will trigger
your camera shutter.
Move the mode switch to Motion to activate motion triggering mode,For best result,adjust your camera’s settings
appropriate for your triggering situation before use,mount the device & your camera on a stand or a tripod for
Lighting Trigger Model
It’s a great challenge to capturing lightning when it strikes.With this trigger,things goes much more easier.Once
the trigger detects a flash or burst of light,will activate the camera’s shutter within 0.1 ms.
For orperation in lightning mode,point the sensor & camera in the area you expecting a lightning flash.Attach your
trigger to a tripod or a stand for best result.
Move the mode switch to Lightning to activate lightning trigger mode.For best result,start at a 10 second exposure &
adjust your camera’s exposure settings while adjusting the strigger’s sensitivity using the dial on the left side of the
unit.Set your camera /Lens to manual focus.
Sound Trigger Model
The sound trigger mode uses a insert microphone sensor.It trigger the camera once the microphone detect any
sound,such as snapping finger,clappintg hands,or voice from human/wildlife within approximately 2 meters.
Some suit situations like:breaking moment of glass,puncturing a ballon filled with water.
0.1ms response time from lightning event to shutter release
5m PIR passive motion triggering capability when in Motion Mode;
Sound Trigger within approximately 2 meters
Power:IEC LR03 AAAx 2(not included)
Canon Nikon Sony Olympus
i have had the chance to have a bit of a play with one of these
camera triggers over the last few days but not in the way that
they were made for………….
i have been testing it out for high speed photography
water drop photography and water balloon popping
and as you can see from the image above its not to bad
we did not spend a lot of time setting up or used good lighting
on the water drop photos but if we had / when we do there will
be more images posted below in a gallery…
our water drop setup was 2 macro led ring lights with low batteries
a small plastic takeaway carton filled with water
and a used party popper upside down to drip water from…
the #micnova trigger was setup in sound mode to trigger
our camera on the sound of the dripping water
so a quiet room was needed along with setting the trigger to almost
at its highest point but as you can see by the image we used its not
too bad just leave your camera in place for a few mins and it will take multiple
images some good bad and great
just remember to set your camera up first.. in manual mode and manual focus
the lens on the point where the water drips at ….
use a ruler as a guide so you can focus on something
over all i love this trigger and will use it as the instructions say
it was meant for….
will have it out for some wildlife photos in the summer
watch this space for the images………….
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