February Theme Challenge – “Water Drop Photography”

With the weather being much colder outside this month, I encourage you to try playing with water drop photography. This can be time consuming, but lots of fun at the same time and you can try this initially without any fancy gear. Just use some containers you have kicking around, a plastic bag, clamp, needle, your tripod and you can give this a try.

I realize we cannot all be specialists in every genre of photography so for this month’s challenge I hope you will take the time to watch a talented UK professional photographer Adam Karnacz who does water drop photography as one of his specialties. Below you’ll find the link to his free Water Drop Master Class available from his website. Adam is unbelievably kind and provides this master class for free. If you enjoy what you learn please consider thanking him by making a donation.

Hopefully you’ll have lots of fun and enjoy something a bit different while wondering what to photograph staying out of the cold weather. Let’s see what images you create this month.

Although you can pull out a lot of gear to create amazing images, these two initial images shown below were created with minimal gear; Canon 50D, 50mm lens, tripod, and a wired remote, and natural light from my kitchen windows. It’s all about timing and a bit of post processing, mainly white balance for the blue colour and some cropping. The settings used were; f/2.8, 1/500, ISO 200, @50mm. If you have an f/4 lens then use ISO 400. You may need to tweak your settings a bit to suit your lighting conditions. The most important thing is a fast shutter speed which you may want to increase to 1/1000 or even 1/2000 making the necessary ISO adjustments to obtain a properly exposed image.

Students are encouraged to develop their ability to tell a story or invoke an emotion, as well as how to plan and troubleshoot while creating their images. As such it’s important to not only create the image but to also include a “title”, and write a short paragraph about; how they came up with the idea, any interesting back ground that compelled them to make the image, and describe any techniques on how they overcame any obstacles.

As always with our monthly theme challenges we try to seek out an instructional resource, and in this case here is a link to help you excel at water drop photography:
Water Drop Photography Master Class by: First Man Photography (Adam Karnacz)

An important part of improving your photography is practice, which is one aspect of the monthly theme challenge, in addition you have an opportunity to learn about different genres, techniques and tips.