Cream Drops Set-Up

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.



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.

  • Minghua Nie 5y

    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.
  • Marinus de Keijzer 5y

    Dank je voor de uitleg Corrie en hoe bevalt het daar in Canada...............?
  • Markus Reugels 5y

    Thank you Corri for sharing this Cream Setup.
    i appreciate them very much that you give so much info to us
  • Samir Roy 5y

    Nice of you to share your setup!
    Seen in my contacts' photos. ( ?² )
  • jensvins 5y

    Very clever setup! this looks so much fun I am planning to try it :-)
  • Justin Jensen 5y

    really cool. thanks for sharing how you do this. for some reason i was picturing a much bigger tank... now i want to try :)
  • Gaurav Dinesh 5y

    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.
  • Peter you've lost the news 5y

    I love seeing these "behind the scenes" shots. Very interesting.
  • Maha AlKaabi 5y

    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
  • Jack McGrane 5y

    Thanks for info on set-up
  • Aamena khan 5y

    wow! thanks for sharing!
  • Maxx W 5y

    Very interesting technique, great photos are produced! :)
  • Keith Woodland 5y

    Nice and simple setup. Very well done, thanks for sharing.
  • olydemon 4y

    so awesome.
  • Malki Hichem 4y

    Merci beaucoup pour ces infos que vous partagez
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • Michele 4y

    with lens your use? macro?
    kiss :*
  • Corrie White 4y

    Michele Yes, my 100mm. macro lens.
  • Sandor Feldi, jr. 4y

    Thank you for this explanation!
  • 4y

    My gosh, I just love it when a photographer is generous with their knowledge. Thanks so much, Corrie. :)
  • Randy 2y

    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.

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