When shooting macro photography, it’s often the small details that complete an image. And adding drops of water to your photo composition can serve to magnify the finer details of your subject for a striking effect. Here’s how it’s done.
Shiny raindrops add the finishing touch to macro flower shots, catching the eye and acting as miniature lenses that magnify the detail in leaves and petals.
There’s no need to wait for a downpour to achieve the look – you can recreate this effect without getting your camera wet.
You can find a floral subject in your local park or buy a potted one. A macro lens will let you get in really close and capture minute details in the flower’s petals, while maintaining a shallow depth of field for that dreamy macro feeling.
A tripod isn’t essential, but it will keep you steady and leave your hands free to create the effect you want. Use a watering can to create a falling rain effect, or mist petals with a hand sprayer for delicate dew drops.
How to create your own dew drops for macro photography
01 Set it up
Switch to Direct Sunlight White Balance mode if you’re not shooting on a sunny day, as this makes plants look fresher. Also, use a low ISO to ensure a crisp final image. A super-shallow depth of field that blurs out the background works best, so pick an aperture of f/5.6 or wider.
02 Perfectly composed
Position your flower against a clean background like a grassy lawn. (Pick up any leaves or twigs that might show up in the shot.) Stay parallel to the flower and use Live View to check how the shot is looking. Make sure you focus manually on the rain drops to get them pin-sharp.
03 A spoonful of sugar…
Add sugar to the water – this helps the droplets adhere to the flower’s leaves and petals and takes longer to dry, giving you more time to compose your picture. A watering can is brilliant for creating a falling rain effect, or you can use a hand sprayer to get a fine mist on petals.
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