Macro Photography Tips – Raindrops On Windows

Written by Gina Stephens

As winter courses we're going to see many more days of rain but this shouldn't stop you taking photographs. Instead, use the weather to your advancement to capture great raindrop patterns on windows from the comfort of your home.

You may not have noticed, but raindrops are not always the same on windows. If it's sorrowful rain the drops tend to be large and blobby after a short shower the droplets are much neater and the best sort to photograph. They look the specimen you'd see on a spiders web, all almost perfectly round. Droplets can also act like miniature lenses and present an upside down perception of the background in each concave shape. If you adjust focus you can make these images appear sharper to become part of the creative picture.  But that's another artistry!

Photo by David Pritchard

Gear Choices

All you need for this technique is a camera with close focus capabilities which overlies most types of cameras camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or including compacts. Ideally the camera should have some form of creative exposure mode that disposition allow you to shoot at different apertures. It would also help if you had a tripod to steady the camera but this isn't a must as if you find your secure speed is creeping towards the slow side, just use a slightly higher ISO.

The Set-Up

1. Choose a window that has interesting raindrop designs and that is facing a plain background. The background should be a long way of so a window into a garden with trees, grass or a fence at a good aloofness is ideal. The choice of background may refer to: Background (journalism) Computer wallpaper Cultural heritage Ethnic background Field (heraldry), background of a can really make a difference; a light background such as a sky will often result in the droplets having a darker numberless defined outline while a dark background will make the centres of the droplets more prominent.

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2. Make sure the window is clean! Any fingerprints or splotches will show up. Double glazed windows should be in good condition free of condensation.

3. Set your camera up on a tripod and point it at the window. Insist upon sure the camera back is parallel to the window for the best results.

4. Focus on the drops. You may have to use manual if your camera has it because the drops can off confuse the focusing sensor so it misses them. On double glazing some cameras may be fooled by the closer inner layer so manual focus is a in actuality useful option.

5. Move the camera position to get the best range of drops in the frame and watch the background for change in tone. If there's an neighbourhood where the tips of shrubs meet lighter sky and that's in the photo it will spoil the result. Move either up so you just have sky or down so you unprejudiced have shrubs as a backdrop.

6. Set an aperture to its widest setting so the background is thrown totally out of focus.  If you have a compact with no manual sway but with scene modes try taking pictures at different scene modes and compare the results to see if one throws the background out of focus. This will generally speaking be something like portrait, food or close up mode, not landscape or infinity modes.


Photo by David Pritchard


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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