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Set-up for Cream Drops with a base. | by *Corrie*
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Set-up for Cream Drops with a base.

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 method is described in much better detail than this one.

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This is pretty much the way I do the cream drops. I wanted to wait with this because I was still making improvements and changes to the placement of the flashes, etc..

I use ISO 100. Aperture - 25 for the first four or five, then bring it down to 14. All three flash guns are set at - 1 and 1/3. The camera is set at a low angle to the aquarium to catch the base of the drops.

When I add the fresh water I have to wait a few minutes for the air bubbles to dissipate, then I wipe the front and back of the tank to remove the rest of the air bubbles. I use a bundle of pipe cleaners to do this so I don't scratch the surface of the aquarium.

I have a water level mark, and a mark on the box where I set the tank, so I don't have to refocus every time I change the water.

A big squirt gives you the plume.

As you can see, I rotate the image 180 degrees.

 

Liquid Flow Tutorial on DIYPhotography.

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Taken on March 29, 2011