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Hi, I am using a Canon EOS400D , I would like to know the best settings to use for taking photos of water drops/raindrops, I have read so many articles,but I am still really confused.

Thank you.

  • Take a look at this question: photo.stackexchange.com/q/1256/6789 – DHall Jul 17 '12 at 13:14
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    Do you mean rain falling or drops of water splashing? – ElendilTheTall Jul 17 '12 at 13:24
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    what are you confused about? – K'' Jul 17 '12 at 15:27
  • Hi basicly water splashing .sry iam very knew to all this – Helen Jul 17 '12 at 16:45
  • Hi Akram, confused because the articles i have read all say different things.. so i dont know if i should be using high iso and hi number f/stop – Helen Jul 17 '12 at 16:47
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This is pretty much a trade-off. Because raindrops are small I'd say it's optimal to

  • keep the focal length as long as possible to magnify the raindrops.
  • focus manually on the closest raindrops available (if you're outside in the rain, that means focus to the near limit of your lens).
  • balance between fast shutter speed (to freeze the drops) and narrow aperture (getting as much rain in focus as you can). This will require a fair bit of light or higher ISO settings.

If you have a light source illuminating the raindrops while they're in front of a darker background, they will surely be more visible. An external flash from a different angle than you lens, only hitting the raindrops and not your background, could work.

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Settings mostly depend upon the environment. For example this image was taken at ISO 100, F2.8 @ 1/400second. That was just a shot out of my window, after it had stopped raining and the sky was returning to a blue-colour.

If you want to use a strobe to highlight falling water, or falling rain, you'll want a similar shutter speed but you might find the aperture has to be smaller to avoid over-exposure.

  • ty so much for your help – Helen Jul 17 '12 at 19:35

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