Today I my macro lens arrived! It is a Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact-Macro Lens. Since I got my hands on it I have been experimenting with it like any good photographer should.
This photo was my absolute favorite out of all the ones I took today. You can see some of my other macro photographs from today here.
Macro Lens. ISO400 1/1600 f/2.5
How this photo was taken...
- Select an ISO setting appropriate for the amount of light. For this photo I used ISO 400.
- Set the camera to shutter priority (Tv or S depending on your camera make).
- Select a fast shutter setting (a high number). The fast shutter setting allows you to catch the drop in motion. This setting also allows for the camera to automatically control the aperture. If you want to manually control the aperture then set it to a low setting, preferably the lowest allowable for the lighting. My shutter speed was set at 1600 for this shot. That's as fast as it would allow given the light.
- Positioning. I moved the leaf behind where I noticed the drop was falling and crouched down in a squatting position almost at ground level.
- Manually focus your camera in on where the drop hits the surface.
- Hold down your shutter and keep holding it down. Let your camera take many many photos without moving. I took probably 100 photographs (not kidding) and this was the only one of the splash.
- Sort through all your photos to find the best one!
That sounds simple, right? If not I'd be glad to help you understand it more. Just contact me. And if you were successful in catching a droplet of your own please share the link to your photo in a comment below.