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? 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

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.


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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