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Seven Creative Ideas for Water Drop and Splash Photography

Seven Creative Ideas for Water Drop and Splash Photography

Water drop photography is a fascinating genre of photography. Most creative photographers want to shoot water drops and splashes. Capturing these kinds of photographs is a very satisfying experience for a photographer.

Previously it was very tough to shoot such photographs, and only a handful of photographers could achieve good results. But now we have high-speed triggers like MIOPS Smart and MIOPS Splash that make our job easy, and because of these remote control triggers, every photographer can shoot splash photographs and add those masterpieces to their portfolio.

This article will discuss some creative ideas for water drop and splash photography. So without further ado, let's get started.

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  1. Refraction: When light passes from air into water, it slows down and changes its direction, and we can create a beautiful picture by using this property of light. You need some images printed on paper or transparent sheets for this photography. We'll click the refraction of these images inside a water drop.

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For water drops, you can use an IV Set (commonly referred to as a drip), or if you want more control, you can use MIOPS Splash, which controls the size and timing of drops with great precision and control your camera too. You need to put the image behind the water drop upside down. For lighting, you need to use flashes. If you are using a transparent sheet, you need to fire the flashes from the back, and if you are using paper print, you can fire it from the front.

For background photographs, you can use an image of the Universe or planets, colorful abstract images, or even images of your loved one.

  1. Water Drop Collision: Water drop photography is most popular among creative photographers. The best thing about this photography is that you can create hundreds of different photographs once the setup is done by changing the size and timing of drops, light, and background. Even small changes in the size and timing of drops give you different results.

Again MIOPS Splash is the best remote control water drop kit for this photography. It'll control the size and delay between the two drops and also control your camera so that you can focus on other creative tasks like background, lighting, and various settings to create hundreds of different pieces of art.

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  1. Milk Figures: This photography is similar to water drop photography. The only difference is that we use milk instead of water. Since the milk is opaque and has different densities, it creates different shapes. When you use bigger drops, you may also get human and other animal figures. You may use different color gels on flash to make the shots more interesting.

If you are using MIOPS Splash for this shoot, clean it properly with warm water after the shoot.

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  1. Crowns: This photography is also similar to water drop photography, but we use just one drop of watercolors or milk instead of water. When the drop collides with a hard surface, it creates a beautiful crown shape. You can create different shapes by changing the drop's size and the nozzle's height. It's better to use three flashes for this photography, two from both sides and one from the top, so the crown illuminates correctly. If you are using milk, try different color gels with flashes to get different results, watercolors don't need gels. Use a black glass to show the reflection of the crown in the picture.

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  1. Kiwi in Milk: When we drop kiwi or any other fruit in milk, it creates a beautiful splash which is very satisfying to capture. Milk splash photography only has milk, but it adds a different dimension to the photograph when you add fruits to it.

Always choose a colorful fruit that is smaller in size, like strawberry, blackberry, or kiwi. Kiwi has fantastic colors and patterns, so it'll look good when it's sliced.

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  1. Balloon: Balloons are also a good subject for splash photography. When we burst a water-filled balloon, the water creates the shape of the balloon for a millisecond and then falls on the ground. You can capture those unforgettable moments. You may use a black background or use colorful one. You may also fill the balloon with different color water, take the shot and merge in post-processing.

For better results, use props like a hat or sunglasses. Put sunglasses on a balloon, burst it and click the picture. Rotate the image in post-processing, and it'll look like a face. Use darts to burst the balloon.

Always try to use the same color of the balloon as the background, so the remains of the balloon blend with the background and don't show in the final picture.

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  1. Splash with Kids or a Model: This is my favorite kind of splash photography. Burst a water-filled balloon above your kid or a model and when the water makes a shape similar to a hat, click the picture. You may use different props to change the shape of the water.

Another idea is to fill a long balloon with water, wrap it to the head of your kid, and burst it. It'll give you a different result. You may also use colored water or paint for splash photography. When you use colors, make sure that it's skin-friendly and your model's eyes are safe from the paint. You may take the first shot with open eyes and then a splash shot with closed eyes and merge them later.

Use a remote control trigger like MIOPS Smart+ for balloon photography with sound mode. It'll detect the burst sound of the balloon and trigger your camera or flash according to the settings. Using this will have almost zero chances of missing the shots.

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For water drop photography, use the MIOPS water splash kit. It's a standalone kit that runs on a battery. It doesn't need an external power source so that you can take it anywhere easily. It can release up to three drops with the set delay time and trigger your camera or flash.

So whatever trigger you have, use it to click some stunning pictures and share your creations with the world.

Blog Credits

Ramakant Sharda is an author, iOS App publisher, passionate photographer and a MIOPS Ambassador based in the beautiful “Pink City” of India, known as Jaipur. His work has been published in various magazines, newspapers, and blogs. He has published three Coffee Table Books, he writes about photography and also teaches photography in his workshops. Check out his website http://ClickManic.com to see the masterpieces created by him or download his free app for iPhone and iPad “30 Days to an Ace Photographer“.

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The Challenges of Water Drop Photography 

The Challenges of Water Drop Photography 

Interested in taking water drop photography? The fascinating images of delicate water droplets falling and creating instantaneous sculptures can capture any photographer’s imagination. However, it might seem hard to get started with this unique type of photography, especially if you’re a beginner.

Should Beginners Fear Going into Water Drop Photography?

Most people who want to try water drop photography are often overwhelmed by questions, such as: is my camera powerful enough to take high-speed water drop images? Do I have all the tools I need in my camera bag? Do I need to buy expensive and complicated water drop equipment? 

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If the camera equipment and tools for creating water drops are not the problem, newbies still get intimidated and are often bombarded by the same doubts and equally valid concerns: where can I learn how to successfully capture water droplets?  How do you create the perfect water droplets, and how do you time your shots? What kind of water drop kit would be best for you to try? 

And finally, the most important question of all that discourages beginners is, how can my water drop photos stand out among hundreds, if not thousands, of water drop photos taken by professionals?

Indeed, these worries can paralyze a creative’s mind and unwillingly make them drop this interest in water drop photography. The good news is, there are ways to overcome these challenges. Water drop can be easier than you ever imagined!

In this article, we’ll talk more about the challenges of taking water drop photography mentioned above. We’ll also give you the solutions that you need to address these challenges and finally get started in this awesome photography genre.

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The Challenges of Taking Water Drop Images and the Smart Solutions to Overcome Them

Here are the most common worries that every beginner has when getting started with water drop photography.

Challenge #1: I don’t have a camera that is powerful enough to capture water drop events.

Water drop events can be an intimidating subject because it’s one of the fastest subjects in nature. As a high-speed event, beginners often think that their regular, entry-level DSLR does not have a fast enough shutter speed to capture the fascinating motion of a droplet as it hits the water surface and creates these unique and surreal splashes.

Aside from being artistic images, water drops can only be captured through a fast shutter speed. This technique will also develop your skills in high-speed photography, which is used to capture images that occur in a fraction of a second and cannot be seen with the naked eye - lending a unique dimension to your photographs and increasing your creative possibilities.

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Aside from trying to click the camera’s shutter to signal your flash to burst and freeze the droplet and resulting water sculpture in motion, imagine the number of photos and drops you need to capture that perfect shot. Will you have enough time and patience to spend hours of studio time only to get blurry and not-so-impressive photos?

Solution: Use a smart camera trigger to turn your regular, entry-level DSLR into a high-speed camera device.

The good news is, you don’t have to upgrade your entire camera equipment just to get started in water drop photography. There’s a camera device that can easily turn your gear into high-speed equipment: a camera trigger. What can it do?

A camera trigger, especially a smart camera trigger, like MIOPS Smart+ is one of the most intuitive remote triggers in the market today. It can turn your camera, even an entry-level DSLR into a high-speed capture device that is powerful enough to take high-speed photos, including water drop events, water splashes, and water sculptures. This works by remotely triggering your shutter to shoot millisecond-events. It can also be connected to your flashguns to trigger their burst simultaneously. 

As a camera trigger for water drop photography,  MIOPS Smart+ has motion sensors activated through its laser mode. What happens is, when the droplet breaks the laser or the event zone where you set your motion sensor, it signals your camera to shoot and your flash to burst at the same time. The result is a clean, blur-free, and high-definition image of water dancing and bursting to life.

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Challenge #2: I don’t have a home studio suitable for a water drop photography session.

For every type of photography, there’s an ideal studio setup. Water drop photography with water as its main subject may seem simple because it's just water, right? That’s not entirely true. Most water drop photographer beginners often encounter the problem of properly executing a water drop event as well as creating a practical set-up for the water dropping mechanism.

Is there a do-it-yourself way of creating a water drop tool, for example, poking a hole in a plastic bag or bottle, hanging and suspended in the air, and letting its droplets hit a liquid surface below to create good water drop events? Many beginners found the answer to be YES, but ended up wasting an entire day of photoshoot because of missed shots, blurry images, and less exciting results. Why? Because of the hours of trial-and-error and just relying on luck to get that perfect but rare shot of a beautiful water drop. Many of these attempts even produce photos that are too far from their ideal composition and expected results.

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So what should you do to overcome this challenge and not add to the number of those who failed to get their first perfect water drop photo?

Solution: Rely on the accuracy, precision, and control that a water drop equipment can offer.

What is a water drop equipment? Also known as a water drop kit, a water drop equipment is a device that’s designed especially for water drop photography. Its mechanism allows photographers to control the unpredictability of water and release water droplets according to a pre-set size, frequency, and drop height.

One of the most perfect examples of a water drop kit is MIOPS Splash, a stand-alone and easy-to-use water drop equipment that provides the advantages and functionalities mentioned above. This equipment comes in a high-quality valve system and a unique aluminum-machined nozzle to complete the world’s first intuitive water drop mechanism.

The amazing thing about this device is, unlike other DIY water drop tools, the MIOPS Splash can be controlled using your smartphone. Through the dedicated MIOPS mobile application, you can remotely control your water drop kit and manipulate a single droplet to an entire drop sequence. This control covers the size of every water drop, the distance between each drop, the frequency of the water drop, and the overall timing of this high-speed event.

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Challenge #3: I don’t know the correct camera settings to use for a water drop photoshoot.

Finding the correct camera settings for any type of photography is both frustrating and time-consuming. Imagine having everything set up, your equipment and your subject ready, but still trying to figure out the right exposure level, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, so as not to waste an entire drop sequence! 

Solution:  Watch and read tutorials from experts who have successfully completed their own water drop sessions.

Professional photographers usually use 100-200 for the ISO settings to eliminate the noise. This will depend on your studio’s lighting so make sure that you do some test shots first. The aperture setting is set around the range of f10 to f14, again, depending on your light source. Your Exposure level should depend on the number of flash units that you’re going to use for the setup. Your shutter speed should work together with your flash’s burst, unless you’re using a camera trigger that can set off your devices simultaneously.

These standard settings can be helpful in creating your own custom camera settings. As mentioned above, this will depend on your studio set-up, your light source, and the number of flashguns or flash units you use for the photoshoot.

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Challenge #4: Water is a very unpredictable medium and it seems impossible to conceptualize your water drop photos and plan a composition ahead.

That is true. Water is an extremely unpredictable medium and this presents one of the most common challenges in water drop photography: conceptualizing your water drop photos and creating a composition in advance. 

Water drop photography is a type of artistic photography, which offers the unique chance for photographers to transform an image with their creativity. Artistic photographs go beyond the documentation of a scene: they show the creator’s personal vision and give a glimpse into their mood, intellect and thought process. When capturing an artistic image, a photographer takes a much more active role in controlling the outcome. 

Solution: Plan your water drop photoshoot in advance and take different factors into account. 

There are also physical factors to consider when developing your concept. You’ll need to take your available time and budget into account, and make sure that your concept is achievable. No matter what concept you ultimately decide on, there are techniques and affordable tools that are available to help you realize your vision. 

Once you’ve formulated your creative concept, start planning ahead for your water drop photoshoot. It’s best to prepare early, especially if you want to limit your costs. This will give you enough time to find and acquire the equipment that will give you the best results. The main goal of your setup is to create an environment where you have precise control over all the factors in the shoot.

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Challenge #5. There are already thousands of water drop images out there. How can I deliver a creative water drop photo that stands out?

Despite the challenges that water drop photography poses to beginner photographers, this remains one of the most beloved genres in the world today. Online, you can see thousands of water drop images in all shapes, forms, colors, and sizes. While these can be inspiring to most people, sometimes, you can’t help but get discouraged: how can you stand out and deliver a photo that has never been taken before? You might find yourself asking: What if I produce an image that’s just so cliche and common?

If you’re struggling with the same doubts, go back to your computer and take a better look at the top Google results for water drop photos. Now, look closer. Compare each image to the other. Take your time to examine their shapes, colors, and forms.  Are they the same photos? Are there identical water sculptures taken by two different photographers? 

No. Each photo is unique in its own way. Each photo has its own personality, just like the person behind the lens. 

Solution: Define your style as a water drop photographer.

As an emerging water drop photographer, you have this opportunity to display your style and creative knowledge. To help you conceptualize your water drop photoshoot, here are some questions you can ask yourself in order to prompt the creative process: What would you like your water drop images to communicate to the viewer? What would be your ideal audience? Where would you like your images to be shown - in physical exhibits, an online portfolio, or used for commercial purposes? Your answers to these questions define the goals of your water drop photoshoot. 

There are different concepts and ideas that you can experiment with. You can lean on inspirations from something as abstract as a mood, like melancholy (think raindrops) or romance; it can also be something that is related to an aspect of daily life (think splashes of milk or refreshing drinks).

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Since your imaginative ability is so vital to the process, developing a unique concept is an important step. Additionally, remember that the materials you use during your shoot can make a huge difference when coming up with a creative image that stands out.

So there you have it: the solutions to the most common water drop photography challenges that helped beginners become masters of this exciting photography genre. Hopefully, this has helped address your own concerns with this photography type. We’d love to see how you move forward with your first water drop photoshoot!

Overcome Every Photography Challenge Today!

Just remember that regardless of the photography genre, there will always be these challenges that you have to overcome. The good news is technology in photography has evolved a long way so that you can achieve the seemingly impossible in all your creative endeavors. 

Our team in MIOPS knows this too well, so we have developed products and solutions that will transform your experience as a photographer. Check out our most recommended camera triggers and accessories today!

Blog Credit: Charm Villalon

Charm is a writer and a visual artist. Her drive to share ideas and stories is evident in her background in communication arts and language studies. Years of professional experience in content creation have given her a broad proficiency with the process of engaging online communities. An appreciation for multiple languages and cultures drives her to seek out experiences and capture these moments through her writing, digital art, and photography.

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Details of Water Drop Photography and Miops Splash Water Drop Kit

Details of Water Drop Photography and Miops Splash Water Drop Kit

Water splash photography is notoriously difficult to get right, but when done correctly can produce outstandingly beautiful photographs. Images of water drops captured in a fraction of a second show a world we just can’t see with the naked eye.

A simple way to do water drop photography is to use an eyedropper and a full cup to drop water into, but the results are unreliable and often difficult to synchronize with the camera triggering. That’s why using a specialist water drop kit is a good idea. The MIOPS Splash Water Kit does an incredible job at synchronizing both camera and flash with water drops, allowing users to choose both the size of the drop and the rate at which they drop - including setting up several drops in one sequence for unique patterns and shapes as the drops interact.

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The MIOPS Splash Water Kit is simple to set up with just a few cables, and works with any digital camera. Off-camera flash is recommended for this type of photography because it offers an infinite amount of lighting options to produce stunning and impactful photos and so the MIOPS kit offers triggering via flash or camera. In order to get started quickly with the MIOPS Splash Water Kit follow the guide below for best results. For more information on the Splash Water Drop Kit, or to purchase head here. Or if you want to take a look at the Splash Water Drop Kit in action then check out the latest video.

Assemble the Splash kit

The MIOPS Splash Water Drop Kit is pretty easy to set up. The kit comes with the water drop machine itself, a Splash holder, and a PC sync flash cable. There are also camera cables which connect your camera body up to the Splash.

The Splash Water Drop Kit fits to a light stand via the Splash Holder supplied in the box

The Splash Water Drop Kit fits to a light stand via the Splash Holder supplied in the box

There are two ways to connect the camera to the water droplet photography kit: connecting to a flashgun and camera to trigger both simultaneously, or connecting only to the camera. The latter might be more useful if you’re using multiple flashguns, depending on how you’re triggering them.

Screw the Splash onto the holder and affix it to a light stand or tripod and make sure the Splash is sitting level. Two components make up the device itself: the control body and the water reservoir lid. Simply fill up the reservoir with water and affix the lid. Measure the height so that it rests 25cm above the surface of the water it’ll drop into.

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For reliable results ensure the height of the Splash kit is at least 25cm above the surface of the water where the drops will fall

Lights, Camera...

Once the Splash is in place plug in your camera, and/or flashgun to the device and run the USB cable to a power source for non-stop use. I placed my Nikon D750 on a tripod and plugged in the cable.

Place two off-camera flashguns either side of the splash zone and aim them at a white backdrop. I gelled each with different colors throughout the shoot to provide vibrant, colorful backgrounds.

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For enhanced color tape gels over the flashguns to provide vibrant effects

On your camera it’s best to use a macro lens for close-focusing ability, but if you don’t have this you can use extension tubes, as I have, to turn a mid-to-telephoto lens into a DIY macro lens. Set the aperture to f/11 and use ISO100 with the shutter speed set to the sync speed of your flashguns, mine was 1/200 sec. I experimented with the power of the flashguns until they were giving sufficient exposure at 1/16 power each.

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The shutter speed was set to the flash sync speed and aperture stopped down to f/16 to provide plenty of depth of field to keep the drop sharp, with ISO as low as possible to minimize noise

Synchronize with App

It’s time to synchronize the Splash water droplet photography kit with the MIOPS app. Open up the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and download the latest MIOPS app. Follow the instructions to install and then turn on Bluetooth to allow the app to link up with the Splash kit.

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Download the MIOPS app and turn on Bluetooth to connect to the Splash kit

From here we can control the drop size (measured in milliseconds), amount of drops, and delay of drops/camera trigger. We can also trigger the Splash kit to start taking photos. By controlling the drop size we can determine the size of the splash and subsequent reflected drop bounce. This is important because it will set up the image for a second drop release. With enough water drop rising back up out of the water, a second drop may be released to splash down onto the first, thus creating an umbrella or mushroom shape.

Timing is critical when it comes to achieving specific shapes, so be sure to check out the suggested basic settings below to get started. Do bear in mind that all cameras trigger slightly differently and at different rates so it might be useful to adjust the trigger latency within the app for your specific camera.

Getting ready for a splash

We now need some water and a way to focus the camera on the drop zone. You can use almost anything to hold the water underneath the water drop machine, such as a cup, glass, baking tray, or pot. However, I like to use two ceramic roasting trays of different sizes. This makes changing water and cleaning up so much neater, without spilling water on the table/floor.

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Placing one tray inside the other prevents spillage onto the shooting surface and makes it easy to clean when finished

I like to place a chopstick right where the Splash kit is dropping, and let one or two fall down onto it. Then I use Live View on the camera to zoom in and manually adjust focus until everything’s tack-sharp. You could also use autofocus at this stage, but one issue with using this is that the camera may focus on the nearest side of the chopstick, which may be a few millimeters forward of where the middle part of the drop is. That’s a problem because it means that only the front section of the drop will be sharp, with the rest falling out of focus. Due to this, it’s important to zoom in on the screen and focus manually to ensure the center part is sharpest.

Experiment with the drops

Drop size is measured in milliseconds to denote the length of time the nozzle is open for, thus changing the size of the drop released. Delay is also measured in milliseconds and will determine when the second or third drops are released. The timing of the delay can affect how the following drops interact with the initial drop.

To get a good disc-shaped splash, follow the MIOPS Splash Water Kit settings below:

  • Drop 1: 25ms size
  • Drop 2: 50ms size, 80ms delay
  • Trigger: Camera, 60-65ms delay

These are the settings I used to achieve this picture.

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The best water splash from my shoot relied on specific app settings, so it’s important to experiment a lot to achieve the best results

Play with water additives

Water of different viscosities will produce varied results. You can try liquids such as milk etc, but for the most flexibility and control you could use glycerin added to water to thicken it up. This can increase the surface tension of the liquid for a different kind of water drop splash.

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Food dyes, inks, and viscosity regulators such as glycerin can help to produce different effects on the water drops

It’s also a good idea to experiment with food dye, both in the water beneath and in the water drop machine itself. As the water drop splash rises up it can produce some incredibly unique images, and the change in color and tone stands out much more against a backlit background. It may pay to attempt drops with paint or ink, but be aware that thicker paints may clog the Splash kit nozzle, so proper cleaning is required to keep the device serviceable.

With thickening agents, you may find that the release and splash of the water changes drastically, depending on how much you put in. This, in turn, will affect the MIOPS Splash Water Kit settings, with either larger drop sizes or longer delays needed to achieve similar results with lower viscosity water.

As temperature, humidity, air movement, and release frequency change you may notice variances in results, even with the same settings dialled in. This is a fantastic way to achieve multiple unique results with the same setup, as you can keep shooting without having to change anything.

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Top tip:

When adding dyes or thickening agents to the water, make sure the water surface that the drop is splashing into is free from dirt, debris, and water bubbles. Such things will affect the glossy smoothness of the final result and make the photograph look dirty. Stray hairs or motes of dust are also quite apparent on the surface of the water after a while, so regular change of the water will help with this.

Blog Credit: Jason Parnell-Brookes

Jason Parnell-Brookes is an Internationally award-winning photographer, educator and writer. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014. Jason is a qualified teacher, Masters graduate and works with many high profile international clients. Further information can be found in his website www.jasonpb.com.

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How to Take Amazing Water Drop Photos with this Awesome Device

How to Take Amazing Water Drop Photos with this Awesome Device

Modern photography offers different technologies and devices that continue to allow beginners and professionals to further explore wonders of the different worlds that cannot be easily perceived by the naked eye. One of these seemingly elusive events are droplets falling, exploding, and their remnants creating liquid sculptures that can only last for a quarter of a second. Capturing and freezing these events and translating them into perpetual visuals is one of the main goals of water drop photography.

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What is Water Drop Photography?

Water drop photography is one of the coolest ways to show off your skills. Watching drops of water fall through the air and make a splash can be a fascinating experience, especially when vivid colors are used to tint the water. The moment of impact is mesmerizing, but it happens so quickly that it's difficult to perceive with the naked eye. So how can you capture these short-lived swirls and splashes? We'll show you how to capture these beautiful, short-lived swirls and splashes with the best water drop photography kit.

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MIOPS Splash and its User-Friendly Water Drop Kit for Photography

MIOPS Splash is a water drop photography kit that provides a complete setup for a water photography shoot. The kit contains everything you need to make amazing water drop images, whether it’s at home or in the studio.

What is special about MIOPS Splash is its stand-alone nature that has introduced an easier and more intuitive approach to water drop photography. Its advanced features and unique camera control methods make it an ideal water drop kit for photography enthusiasts and professionals who want to get started on this subgenre.

The Unique Features that Make MIOPS Splash Stand out from Other Water Drop Systems in the Market

Controlling the entire water drop photoshoot with a few clicks.

One of the most powerful features that MIOPS Splash offers is also what makes it an innovative product: its ability to be controlled remotely using your smartphone. Through a dedicated mobile application specifically designed for the splash system, users can wirelessly take control and manipulate every drop.

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The MIOPS Splash application can help you customize not just one but for consecutive drops to complete an entire drop cycle. Aside from having the freedom to easily adjust the size of every droplet, it also allows users to set a delay timer, to create more unique droplet interactions and collisions.

Additionally, users can freely time the shots, the number of water drops that they want within the frame, the frequency of every drop, as well as the distance between each drop. Just like any high-speed photography event, timing is everything. By combining how you can customize the drop size, delays, timing, and distance between each drop event, you can produce one-of-a-kind images each time. You can also try different combinations for variety in terms of water drop height, collision shape, as well as a number of droplets in one frame.

Designed with precision in mind, every drop counts.

MIOPS Splash is engineered to deliver precise, sharp droplets that produce clean and crisp images. One of the most important parts of its system that makes it the best water drop photography kit is its aluminum-machined nozzle. This part of the equipment determines the size and shape of every drop.

Additionally, the device is also supported by a thoughtfully designed valve system that accommodates a water pipe that can hold the right amount of liquid to cover hours of photoshoot. This valve system can easily be cleaned so the device is always ready for the next round of water drop photography sessions.

As water drop photography equipment, the entire system is USB-powered, so the kit is a perfect indoor device for doing photoshoots in a controlled environment, such as a dark studio or a DIY setup for beginner water drop photographers. This is also a good starter kit for those who are planning to take on this photography genre.

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How Do You Set Up MIOPS Splash for Your First Water Drop Photography Shoot?

When you choose MIOPS for your first water drop photography equipment, your MIOPS Splash box will contain your MIOPS Splash, one Splash Holder, one PC Sync Flash Cable, and a USB charge cable. If you’re setting up your first water drop shoot, the system is easy to assemble.

  1. First, you have to connect the splash holder pieces together.
  2. Next is to mount the holder on your camera’s tripod.
  3. Once you have your structure ready, fix your MIOPS Splash in place.
  4. Fill your splash pipe with water, or any colored liquid for a more unique and vibrant image. Most photographers, especially those experienced in water drop photography might suggest using Xanthan Gum, a type of sugar that is mixed with water. This will thicken the liquid to give you more structured and smoother water sculptures. If you’re using other liquids, make sure to clean the valve afterward.
  5. Mount a flash unit on another tripod. This will be your shoot’s main source of light, especially if you’re shooting in a dark studio or a room with low lighting.
  6. Connect your flash to the MIOPS Splash using a cable. The red light indicates that the system is properly set up and ready to use.
  7. Make sure that your camera is in Manual Mode and allows you to manually focus. In order to deliver high-definition shots, make sure that your lens knows where to focus. In order to do this, you can try this proven technique:
    1. Use a pencil or any thin object and set it on the drop zone.
    2. Get your camera to focus on the pencil’s lower end where it touches the water surface.
    3. Set your camera to manual focus and make sure that the focus stays fixed on the set drop zone.

What Camera Settings Should You Use When Capturing Water Drops?

Water drop photography is usually done indoors with minimal to low lighting. Given this setting, you have to adjust your camera accordingly. Professional photographers agree to these general settings below. Remember, however, that your studio, camera setup, and how you want to compose your shots will determine your final settings.

ISO. The ISO is usually set to 100 but if you’re shooting in a darker studio with only your flash unit as your light source, you can go for an ISO of 200. Make several test shots and examine your resulting photos to see if your setting eliminates the noise.

Aperture. Aperture settings for water drop photography fall under the range of f10 to f14, depending on the amount of light that you want to let in and the availability of light sources.

Exposure. This is a very important setting that should be adjusted based on the intensity and number of your external flash units. For water drop photography, flash units are set on low power because doing so will make it burst faster. Remember that this is a high-speed event and the flash burst is the element that actually freezes the action.

Shutter Speed. Your camera’s shutter speed should work together with your flash’s burst timing. The good thing about MIOPS Splash is it works directly with the camera and external flash units to trigger a synchronized shoot.

Flash Guns Timing. As mentioned earlier, your flash units should be set on Low Power. Low power allows it to burst faster. Photographers suggest choosing 1/64 or 1/128 power.

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What Camera Equipment Do You Need to Get Started on Water Drop Photography?

Manual-capable DSLR. A beginner camera bag with basic camera equipment is enough to get you started on water drop photography. The most important, of course, is your gear. Since several settings must be adjusted and must work together with the splash system, your camera gear should be able to support a Manual Mode for full customization.

Tripods and Flash Units. You’re also gonna need multiple tripods, one for your MIOPS Splash system, another for your camera, and additional mounts to secure your flash units and speed lights in place. Aside from giving you a more stable and blur-free shooting, tripods will also help you control the entire session from a comfortable distance.

Macro Lens. Different photography genres require specific types of lenses. The most ideal lens for water drop photography is a macro lens. This lens will allow you to frame and position your camera close enough to the high-speed event while making sure that you’ll get high-quality and high-definition images. Aside from having the right width and providing you with a good composition, this type of lens is also capable of producing crisp, close-up images of your water drops.

Water drop materials and background. Of course, your shoot won’t be complete without the star of the show, water. You can try out different colors, not just for your water drop but also for your drop zone. Aside from using a colored basin or water container, you can also customize your background as well as add ambient, controlled lighting for more depth and uniqueness.

What Do Water Drops Look Like When Using MIOPS Splash?

Many of the lucky ones who were able to witness the MIOPS Splash system firsthand spoke of the device’s ability to give them surreal water drop and water sculpture images that cannot be captured just by using DIY water drop kit and other manual water drop systems.

When accessing the MIOPS Splash mobile applications, users will be presented with specific settings for the water drop shoot. As mentioned earlier, you get to customize four drops in one shot, set the delay timer for each one, and combine these settings to produce different shapes and sizes of drops. Mushroom-shaped water sculptures, mesmerizing and fluid towers that mimic a dancing ballerina, and even a shape of an angel in flight seem to take shape.

One pro tip is that a bigger drop will produce a higher splash. Most photographers want water drop images that fill their frames, so it’s important to do some test shots to minimize hours spent during the post-processing.

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MIOPS Splash Reviews: What Photographers Are Saying About This Cool Water Drop Kit

Since MIOPS Splash was released to the market in recent years, it has garnered some of the highest commendations both by beginner and professional photographers. Aside from its intuitive and highly customizable functionality, the device has helped its users deliver mesmerizing water drop images and water sculpture shots that continue to amaze the photography community.

The MIOPS range of devices gives a number of amazing options to choose from. The MIOPS Splash is one of the most specialized ones, which is recommended by users for anyone who wants to explore water drop photography. According to reviews, the device takes the guesswork and frustration out of the process and works flawlessly with every shot. As with all MIOPS devices, customer service goes above and beyond, with immediate responses and clear and simple troubleshooting. Overall, users note that the MIOPS Splash is the best water drop photography kit on the market.

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There are no limits to what you can do with your MIOPS Splash water drop photography equipment. This system was designed not just with its users in mind. It was also engineered to deliver professional-looking images that both beginners and professional photographers can be proud of. Whether it’s your first time to take on this photography type or if you have been trying out some DIY approach in water drop photography, this new product from MIOPS will make all the difference.

Every drop and every splash matters and MIOPS’s developers and engineers know this very well. If you want to finally take the first step and enjoy your own MIOPS Splash, we can help you get started. Aside from answering your questions, we’ll show you more about what this amazing, thoughtfully designed product can offer.

Grab your first MIOPS Splash water drop photography kit now!

The MIOPS team ships their product to any part of the world so everyone gets to explore all the amazing things that this device can offer.

So do you want to finally get started? Enjoy worldwide shipping and one year of warranty, with a money-back guarantee by following this like here!

Blog Credit: Charm Villalon

Charm is a writer and a visual artist. Her drive to share ideas and stories is evident in her background in communication arts and language studies. Years of professional experience in content creation have given her a broad proficiency with the process of engaging online communities. An appreciation for multiple languages and cultures drives her to seek out experiences and capture these moments through her writing, digital art, and photography.

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Powerful Water Drop Photography Tips and Techniques

Powerful Water Drop Photography Tips and Techniques

Water drop photography is an exciting genre of high-speed photography. Every creative photographer wishes to click stunning water drop collision photos. When a water drop collides with another drop, it creates beautiful crowns, and clicking them is a fantastic experience for a photographer.

A few years back, taking such shots was not easy, and only a few expert photographers could click those photos. But with the technology now, it’s become more accessible, and everyone can add these mesmerizing photos to their portfolio. Nowadays, we have gadgets such as MIOPS Splash, which can make water drop photography a child’s play.

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So, let’s talk about how you can take thousands of incredible water drop photos by creating the setup once.

Water Drop Photography Tips and Techniques

What you need:

A Spare Room: The first requirement is a spare room because we’ll create a setup and keep it for a few days. As I told you earlier, you can use the same setup to click lots of pictures. We will be using bulb mode of the camera, so make sure you can darken this room.

Camera and Lens: Any DSLR or Mirrorless camera works fine for this, but choose a lens with a longer focal length so your camera is safe from water splashes. A 100mm macro lens is the best choice for this type of photography.

Flashes: You’ll need a minimum of two flashes for this photography. If you have more, it would be great. The best flashes for water drop photography is the one that is powerful (guide number 50 or above), is adjustable from full power to 1/128 power in 1/3 stops increments, has fast recycling time, can be used with slave mode, and has a swivel and tilt head. Zoom head is also helpful for water drop photography.

Tripod and Light Stand: You need a tripod to fix the camera and some light stands or tripods for flashes. You need one sturdier tripod to place the water drop controller (we are talking about it soon). 

Shutter Release Cable or Remote: It’s not essential, but you can control your camera from some distance if you have it.

Water Containers: You need a glass dish which you can easily find in your kitchen. Just make sure that it’s bigger, so it’s not shown in the picture, and it should be at least two inches in depth. If you want to show the water container in the picture, you may use a wine glass or a beautiful ceramic bowl or cup instead of a glass dish.

Backgrounds: You need colorful images to place as a background. Search google for “blur abstract background,” and you will know what type of images you need. You can buy such photos from stock sites or get them from free stock images sites. After getting images, print them on thick paper or transparencies.

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Water Drop Controller: If you want to easily take hundreds of different photographs, you need to invest in a water drop controller kit like MIOPS Splash. It can control the size and timing of water drops and also control your camera or flashes precisely. This intelligent gadget can even release four water drops one by one and create unimaginable splashes. This little investment will save you tons of time and effort, and your pictures will be different from the rest.

You need a few more things like a piece of Plexiglass (milky white acrylic sheet) to fix backgrounds (around 12 x 18 inches), something to hold the acrylic sheet, some dry cloth, and clamp clips.

Setup: Now we have everything we require, let’s create the setup. The first thing to remember is to create the setup on a table. You need to work for a long time, and if you make the setup on the floor or in a way so that you need to bend over and over again, you will get tired quickly and would not be able to do it for a long time.

First, place the camera on a tripod. It should be 10-15 degrees downward. Place the glass dish in front of it. If you have a 100mm lens, the distance should be 36-40 inches from the camera. If you are using a rectangle glass dish, make sure that the longer side is parallel to the camera so the edges of the container won’t show in the picture.

Now place the Plexiglass around 8-10 inches below the edge of the glass bowl. We’ll set abstract backgrounds on this Plexiglass.

It’s time to set up the flashes. If you have paper prints, flashes will be placed between the camera and background at a 45-degree angle. In this case, make sure you cover the flashes with a plastic sheet. If you are using transparencies, flashes will be placed at the backside facing the Plexiglass, and the distance should be around 12 inches.

Finally, set up the MIOPS Splash on a tripod so that the water drop falls at the center of the glass dish. Attach one flash to the MIOPS Splash and make the other one slave, so it fires automatically when the first one fires. See the below setup images to understand everything. 

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setup for water drop photography

Camera, Flash and Controller Settings:

At this moment, you may want to take some rest and have a coffee. Go ahead and enjoy your coffee because this part is a little bit technical and requires your full attention. But if you are like me, you are probably dying to see your first masterpiece.

Okay, let’s do all the settings. First set both flashes on 1/32 power. If you are using four flashes, you need to select the power to 1/64 or 1/128. Now do the camera settings, set it on bulb mode, set aperture to f/16, and ISO to 100. We’ll use manual focus, so change focus mode to manual, place a pencil at the center of the glass dish where the drop will fall, and focus on it.

Now darken the room and keep it a little bit light so you can see the setup. Press the shutter for 1/5 or 1/10 seconds and see the picture. If everything is dark in the image, you are good to go.

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Now let’s do MIOPS Splash settings. It will release two drops in a time interval and then fire the flash, so you need to set the size of the first and second drop, the time interval between both drops, and the flash firing time after releasing the second drop. You can set everything easily using the MIOPS mobile app.

Open the app and set the size of the first drop to 25 milliseconds, the size of the second drop to 50 milliseconds, the delay between both drops to 100 milliseconds, and trigger to 350 milliseconds. Also, set trigger mode to flash.

These settings are not final, it’s just a starting point. For these settings, the height of the nozzle of MIOPS Splash is around two feet. If your nozzle is higher or lower than this, you need to change delay and trigger settings accordingly. 

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Workflow:

Now we need to check if everything is okay. Darken the room, turn on the flashes, press the drop release button of MIOPS Splash, and keep your eye on the glass dish. If a crown is forming and the flashes are firing at the same time, MIOPS settings are okay. If not, turn on the lights and press the switch again.

If a crown is forming, but flashes are not firing at the same time, adjust the trigger setting to 5 milliseconds interval. You need to determine if flashes are firing earlier or later and increase or decrease the trigger time accordingly. If a crown is not created, adjust the delay between both drops to 2-3 milliseconds interval. Check it with the flashes on, and if you see the second drop in the mid-air, it means you need to decrease the time between both drops. 

Now, darken the room again, switch on the camera, press the shutter release button, and press the MIOPS button. Release the shutter button as soon as the flashes are fired. Now check the image. If it’s darker, the move flashes a little bit closer to the Plexiglass. You may also increase the ISO. If it’s overexposed, move the flashes further. Check the focus too. If it’s not proper, focus again.

By now, you are ready to take shots. Now the workflow would be:

  1. Press the shutter button
  2. Press the water drop release button immediately
  3. Release the shutter button as soon as the flashes are fired

Now you need to do experiments to get different shots. Changes in delay time will give you another type of crown shape. Increasing the size of water drops will give you different results, and you need to change the trigger time according to the changes you made. Whatever you do, keep in mind to change only one setting at a time. Otherwise, you’ll be confused and couldn’t understand what changes in settings are impacting the picture. It’s advisable to keep a notebook and write down what changes you made and their impact.

The second experiment you can do with the background. Both front and back flashes will give you different results, so try both techniques. Make a lot of prints and use other backgrounds like aluminum foil or packing paper. If you add a few drops of liquid soap to the water, you will get totally different crowns.

With this setup, you can click thousands of different photographs. So, let’s begin and share your masterpieces with the world.

Blog Credit: Ramakant Sharda

Ramakant is an Award-Winning Photographer, Author, Mobile Apps Publisher based in the beautiful “Pink City” of India, known as Jaipur. Many of his works have been published in magazines, newspapers, and international blogs. He writes about photography and also teaches photography in his workshops. He has published three (so far) coffee table books. Get his latest book Mastering High-Speed Photography.

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5 Suggestions for Photographers to Do Indoors

5 Suggestions for Photographers to Do Indoors

We know that 95% of the photographers would like to be outside, so staying at home can be a bit inconvenient at times for you. We think that this is the time to invest in yourself and do the things you wanted to do for so long while being at home!

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So we have gathered up 5 suggestions that you might be able to do indoors, to spend some quality time with yourself!

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1) Watch Lightroom or Photoshop tutorials online.

Staying indoors could be the perfect opportunity to enhance your software skills. Just open up Youtube and go to your favorite photographer's channel for some tips to get even better in Lightroom and Photoshop. 

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2) Photograph indoors.

Although this does not seem sensible at first, there are actually a lot of things to photograph at home. You can start with your favorite home decor objects and take a photo of them with intense bokeh in the background. Or you can simply take astonishing water drop photos using MIOPS Splash unit.

Use social media to video chat with friends and family

3) Use social media to video chat with friends and family.

We know that it is hard not being able to see friends and family as much as before. So get in touch with your loved ones through video chatting applications as social distance increases it's importance day by day.

 

Meditate

4) Meditate.

We are all going through stressful times sometimes so there is no harm in staying in, making a cup of tea for yourself and meditating to ease your mind off.

Watch the movies and TV Shows you missed.

5) Watch the movies and TV Shows you missed.

You have been wanting to watch a film or a show from your list but you couldn't find time before. Now is the time to relax, lay down for a second and hit the play button to watch your favorite shows.

BONUS: Be a part of an Interactive Social Media Challenge or Campaign

To keep you and your loved ones entertained, simply join a social media campaign with getting in interaction with your love brands, for instance sharing MIOPS Moment photographs to be featured on MIOPS Trigger Profile!

Related Article: Water Drop Photography Explore Site

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