Macro Photography Primer: Photographing Raindrops

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For some photographers, a rainy day is a bit of a washout. But for macro photographers, a little bit of moisture can go a long way in helping them create a texture-rich macro image of a plant covered in raindrops. It’s a subject that’s pretty easy to shoot, has lots of visual interest, and can help bring a close-up shot of a plant to life.

In this quick guide, we explore the steps you need to take to get those perfect macro images of water droplets.

Find a Subject

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Although raindrops can be an attractive addition to many subjects, they really add a special something to flowers and foliage. The trick here is to find a plant that has certain characteristics that will be enhanced by the presence of the water droplets. Look for something that has relatively punchy colors and other interesting details to give your image a bit of pop. A plant that is in partial sunlight will work the best as the diffused light will be much more pleasing in your image. But, if you fancy a plant that’s in direct sunlight, simply use a diffuser to soften the light.

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