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Tips for photographing water droplets on leaves and other surfaces
Photographing water droplets on leaves is a good and readily available subject for shooting. The droplets on leaves can be there after a spell of rain or they can be created by a sprinkler. But, photographing them requires a skill and a technique, which needs to be practiced.

WATER DROPLETS can be captured on surfaces of leaves, flowers, branches, tips of wire and spider’s webs. But, situation and surroundings along with the static nature of droplets within a given natural setting are to be kept in mind for reasonable photographs of droplets.

To capture static droplets in a natural setting on a surface requires an understanding of the correct exposure settings and how to use your surroundings with a tilt-and-shift of camera and light to create something compositionally interesting and striking.

Thus, within a given setting, composition and lighting are dependent on the photographer’s insights but also need a bit of experimentation.

Use the macro setting of the camera and a firm rest for it. Use an LED torch from the side to illuminate the droplets. Do not use the camera flash. Keep the background simple. Use a high F-number to blur the background and focus on the water droplets. Remember that the depth of field is a key aspect in shooting droplets.

The inset picture shows water droplets on the leaf surface with digital camera in macro-setting and camera held firmly in hands with timer set release to avoid its shaking.


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