My Water Drop Setup

I've previously posted articles on water drop photography and, up until now, haven't really shown anyone my setup for it. So, without further ado, here are some shots of my basic rig:

From the photo you can see the flash on the left side and it is set to 1/32 power with the wide angle diffusion panel down and it is attached to a radio trigger. At the very top is a 70ml syring that is my water resevoir. It's a little small, but generally does the trick. It is attached by 1/4" tubing to the brass lab spigot which is what controls the water flow to the pan below. The camera, of course, is off to the right side. The white cardboard blocking your view of the drip pan is used for reflecting the light of the flash onto the drops. The technique I'm using here is called dark field lighting and the flash is actually firing at black foam as you can see from here:

As you can see from the front, the camera is aimed at the drip pan and the direct light of the flash is blocked by the black foamie taped on the supports. By the way, do get your hands on foamies if you like DIY photography, they are so useful. In any case, because I switched to trying out dark field lighting, the camera ISO was bumped up from my usual ISO100 to ISO400 for most of the shoot. I was at ISO800 for a bit until I realized that by dropping the wide angle diffusion panel on the flash that I would get a better beam spread to the sides, it worked.

So, how did this rig work? Pretty good, I think:


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