• Focusing aid. I put this in the water to use as a focal point where the drops will come down.
  • This indicates the width of the area in the viewfinder.
  • Water level indicator
    I fill to the top of the tape.
  • I put this piece of masking tape here so I know to drop just in front of it to get most of it in focus.

Cream Drops Set-Up

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Update - March 15, 2013: These set-ups are very out-dated. I have just finished an Ebook - The Ultimate Guide to Water Drop Photography. The link to purchase is on my Facebook Page. It is very detailed from beginner to advanced.
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This is the set-up I used for the cream drop pics. I like the flash guns at a slight angle to the side because it gives it a bit more of a 3D feel and reduces flash glare on the aquarium. I use a cable release to trip the shutter, which leaves only one hand free for dropping the cream in the water. Tonight I made an alteration to the shutter button by sticking a rounded piece of plastic on the button so that I could use it as a type of foot pedal which gave me an extra hand. The tricky part is the coordination ;-) There is a small mark on the bottom of the tank and I use this to line it up with a small dot I put on the table. This eliminates having to refocus each time you clean out the tank.
Use a mixture of drops and squirts.

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  1. Minghua Nie 53 months ago | reply

    Cool setup. Looks like you need a couple free little helpers for this job :-) I wonder if a polarizer could also help to eliminate some glares.

  2. betuwefotograaf 53 months ago | reply

    Dank je voor de uitleg Corrie en hoe bevalt het daar in Canada...............?

  3. Markus Reugels 53 months ago | reply

    Thank you Corri for sharing this Cream Setup.
    i appreciate them very much that you give so much info to us

  4. Shomirroy 53 months ago | reply

    Nice of you to share your setup!
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  5. jensvins 53 months ago | reply

    Very clever setup! this looks so much fun I am planning to try it :-)

  6. JustinJensen 53 months ago | reply

    really cool. thanks for sharing how you do this. for some reason i was picturing a much bigger tank... now i want to try :)

  7. Gaurav Dinesh 53 months ago | reply

    Such minute details go into each work of yours that it is uploads like this which tell the story behind the results. Thanks for letting us privy.

  8. Peter you've lost the news 53 months ago | reply

    I love seeing these "behind the scenes" shots. Very interesting.

  9. Maha AlKaabi 53 months ago | reply

    can you pleas next time tutorial with video to make it easy for us to learn from the best =)

    thanks a lot for the explain ^^ ,, cant wait for the result

  10. kiwi_bloke 53 months ago | reply

    Thanks for info on set-up

  11. Aamena 53 months ago | reply

    wow! thanks for sharing!

  12. Maxx W 53 months ago | reply

    Very interesting technique, great photos are produced! :)

  13. keith2874 53 months ago | reply

    Nice and simple setup. Very well done, thanks for sharing.

  14. olydemon 53 months ago | reply

    so awesome.

  15. AlgerienBBA 52 months ago | reply

    Merci beaucoup pour ces infos que vous partagez
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  16. Histórias de Amor 52 months ago | reply

    with lens your use? macro?
    kiss :*

  17. *Corrie* 52 months ago | reply

    Yes, my 100mm. macro lens.

  18. Sandor... 52 months ago | reply

    Thank you for this explanation!

  19. spiffypix.com 52 months ago | reply

    My gosh, I just love it when a photographer is generous with their knowledge. Thanks so much, Corrie. :)

  20. T2i shooter 26 months ago | reply

    Corrie you are Da Bomb for taking the time to share this information with us. I just (today) started trying some of your work and have been having a BLAST playing around and getting some decent shots. It was all because you were willing to take the time to put out this information (hard earned at that!).
    Thank you for your generosity and information.

    Cheers!

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