How to Photograph Water Drops

How to Photograph Water Drops


Water-Droplets-PhotographyOne fun digital photography challenge for those with a little time on their hands (particularly on a lazy long weekend as I know many of you are on) is photographing Water Drops.

OK – so there are thousands of these on Flickr and some might say they are a little cliche – but I think they are a fun subject but also present photographers with enough of a challenge that they’ll learn something while photographing them. They are also an ideal subject for those photographers stuck inside on a cold rainy day.

I was planning on writing a full tutorial on the topic of photographing water drops but there are some good examples of this type of photography accompanied by some instructions on how the shots were taken in our forums.

Start with this Aperthetic’s description of their technique.

Lastly – check out this discussion forum at Flickr for lots more advice on photographing water drops.

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • David December 8, 2011 06:30 am

    These look really good in advertising. I am going to experiment and see what happens. Great photo examples. Thanks for sharing!

  • udaybhanu moharana December 1, 2011 04:25 pm

    I have been learning from the web many aspects of water drop photography. I have been experimenting on this for quite some time now and being an engineer myself went on to develop a professional kit. Details and some photographs of the water drop that I have taken using the kit is posted in my website I am also experimenting on smoke art.
    U. Moharana

  • redd November 24, 2011 10:51 am

    here is my album of rain drops...and some buildings if u look closeer in the drops

  • Brian September 30, 2011 09:28 am

    Had to have a go at this, here are a few more successful shots, take on my GF2
    oops sry forgot to add link try this :-

  • Brian September 30, 2011 09:26 am

    Had to have a go at this, here are a few more successful shots, take on my GF2

  • Terry August 5, 2011 12:08 pm

    Opps. My last link did not work. Try

  • Terry August 5, 2011 12:07 pm

    Great info! I agree that they are fun to take. I have just done ones against a bowl of water, but against other objects (like an apple as you did) is awesome. My technique is documented at Drops.html.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Abhishek June 18, 2011 03:04 pm

    here are the results with a compact camera...

  • Abhishek June 18, 2011 03:03 pm

    here are the results with a compact camera...

  • Guillaume January 24, 2011 12:15 am

    I also gave it a try,
    and this is the result:

    Also visit the complete blog:
    Constructive criticism is always appreciated!

  • Martin Soler HDR Photos June 22, 2010 03:11 am

    I just wrapped up a cold rainy weekend and thought I would do just that. I have basically no set-up, except for a tripod and a camera. I did some food coloring falling into water. It's quite fun, but requires lots of patience...

    I wrote how I did it in my blog post.

  • ThierryD June 18, 2010 06:59 am

    I can speak on this post because I made a detector drops of water for SLR photography.
    This small electronic circuitry detects a falling drops of water with an infrared barrier. It can detect extremely small objects but also transparent objects like drops of water.
    The electric installation is very easy to achieve.
    All details of installation, drawing, explanations and examples of photos are available on my website:

  • Walther April 9, 2010 09:57 am

    Wonderfull picture, I just loved the simplicity of your setup, I'll try this out! Thanks for sharing!

  • sarrvesh March 28, 2008 09:57 pm

    This shot is nice u can improve the image much more dramatic with changing the light

  • Louella January 31, 2008 01:46 am

    I've read another tutorial where the food coloring was added to the water to make it green. Thanks for posting. I'm excited to try this!

  • picsfoo January 25, 2008 02:22 pm

    this is a great idea . Thanks for sharing.

  • Farshad Palideh January 24, 2008 05:47 pm

    here's one of the most interesting of FlickR shots (Dec 11 2007)

    the direct link on FlickR:

  • Florian Knorn January 24, 2008 08:27 am

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!!!

    It was so much fun playing with the stuff :-)

  • Sybren January 24, 2008 07:24 am

    Thanks for the inspiration! I've shot some water shots at

  • julitico January 23, 2008 11:08 pm

    great ideas I've got here thanks to share with us, I'll take some photos and be posting soon

  • Denis January 23, 2008 09:30 pm

    great idea. I like this theme, you can make some really cool photos. Thanks.


  • Ken Mau January 23, 2008 07:56 pm

    Thanks for the advice, and I took one earlier on when I bought the macro lens fir the first night:-)

  • Farshad Palideh January 22, 2008 09:55 pm

    I did it and put a complete of "Water Drops" photo gallery on

    Let's share our experience ... :-)

  • PRH January 22, 2008 08:21 pm

    cliche! learning a new technique is never cliche :D

  • Lloyd January 22, 2008 07:02 pm

    Thanks very much. Advice like this, with a simple setup requiring minimum specialist gear, is much appreciated. I'd like to see more of it.

  • Glenn January 22, 2008 01:25 pm

    here is a portrait head shot in the shower which uses some external strobes to freeze the water droplets.

    one of my favorites unfortunately is 18+ but for those interested you can view it from my web page.

  • Sr Edith January 22, 2008 12:26 pm

    I've seen shots like this and thought they must be folks who had a lot more camera than I did. I really appreciate the insight into how this was done - especially using everyday objects. Thanks for posting it.

  • La Roach January 22, 2008 11:56 am

    Wow! I've never tried water drops before. Great idea to add to my "tickler" file when I need to jumb-start my creativity.

    Hey - stop by my blog for a visit.

  • Patrick January 22, 2008 11:00 am

    I did some of milk droplets:

    It was a lot of fun and I did learn a lot doing it.

  • Bro January 22, 2008 10:20 am

    great topic

  • mainfr4me January 22, 2008 05:42 am

    Is it just me or the title on this a little awkward?
    "How to Photography Water Drops"? I would think it would rather be "How to Photograph Water Drops".
    Just a note! :D

  • mysticeyesx January 22, 2008 05:28 am

    i agree! :) hopefully i can capture some shots following these tuts.

  • AC January 22, 2008 04:30 am

    Thank you! I was waiting for an article on water droplet photography ^_^!