How To Photograph Smarties, M&M’s and Flags Under Water Droplets
- Macro lens
- Lighting (your choice) I used a speedlight
- A piece of flat clear glass (i used an old coffee table lid)
- Glass Cleaner
- A water sprayer or syringe
- A round white plate (this ensures your backdrop always stays round no matter what prop you use
- Some props – Smarties, flags, marble etc
- A cloth or kitchen towel for the Rain-X & spills
(Set up photos courtesy of my iPhone.)
- Firstly head down to Halfords and buy some Rain-X (£6.99), this is how you create those droplets; nothing else will work as good.
- Clean your piece of glass with normal glass cleaner.
- Now follow the instructions on the Rain-X bottle and treat the glass as instructed.
- Now set up your shoot to look something like mine (see my set up shot).
- Now experiment spraying the glass and syringing the glass with water to create various sizes of water drops.
- Now put your props on the plate and the plate under the glass on the floor and enjoy the shoot. The plate acts as your white backdrop and I found the shape of the plate compliments the image.
- Rememebr that you need to focus through the water droplets
- My camera settings are as follows: ISO100/F8/1-125 – Using a speedlight SB700 speedlight.
Here are some practice shots that didn’t work (the bloopers) -Please remember the images have been compressed to save server space and there is some quality loss because of this.
And here are some of the better shots.
To be honest my Macro lens is not very good and I could do with a better one as mine just isn’t sharp enough, this is the next thing on my shopping list.
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