I spent a bit of time checking out my new favorite photography site 500px.com the other day, and was really taken by a few assorted shots that involved water.
Reflections, droplets, ink flowing through water; all really nice images. I got the idea in my head to try my own special capture of some water droplets.
Shooting water is about the surrounding light, not about lighting the actual water. The highlights and reflections are tremendously important to take into consideration. You need to fiddle with reflecting angles and strength of the lights… I opted to set my drop-shoot up at my kitchen table. Trust when I say, I was totally flying by the seat of my pants on this one. I feel like it might be good knowing how to light other shoots, or use Speedlights. If you need help with strobist techniques, head over and check out Strobist. If you’re into lists, here’s what I used for my shoot.
- A Ziploc Sandwich bag
- A sewing needle, or very thin item to puncture the bag with when the time comes
- Cable release, or other remote trigger
- SB-600 x 2 Speedlights (or a dependable, easily adjustable flashgun)
- Speedlight Gels (for creating colors)
- The big secret item for the crazy bokeh was…. a crinkled up space blanket
- Sigma 50mm f/2.8 Macro (great for focus and best for effects)
- A bigass, black pot filled to the brim with water