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All of my waterdrop photos are taken in a dark room, this isn’t totally necessary and you should be able to get away with a lamp illuminating the corner of the room that you are working in.
I have camera in bulb mode and keep the shutter open for roughly 1 second, in this time the water will drop the firing and the flash will freeze the motion of the water.
I generally use an aperture of F10-F14 and an ISO of 100, 200 or 400, these can be adjusted to give you the disired exposure; but it is important to to keep the flash output at 1/32 or lower, anything higher and you’ll run the risk of motion blur.
For setting the focus I release a drop of water and then place pen where the drop of water landed, I’ll then focus on the pen and switch the lens to manual focus.

Here is a typical setup that I use:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Camera Control Box
  2. PC Sync Distribution Box
  3. Tripod
  4. Camera
  5. 3 x youngou yn460 modified with PC Sync
  6. White plate filled with fluid
  7. Various Food Dye
  8. White Perspex for Flash Bounce
  9. Solenoid Valve
  10. Mariotte Siphon

 

I was really excited when all this was built and working, and the first thing that I did was to make an animation of a water drop collision. The following video consisted of 200 stills each still was from a different sequence and taken 1ms apart, I then edited them together in iMovie, this animation shows just how repeatble the setup is!!

In these photos I was playing around with food dye, lighting and different surfaces.

 

 

Thanks for staying with me to the end, I hope that you have enjoyed reading and have found some of this information useful. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

Dan

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