How to photograph fruit dropped in water

Written by brenda priddy | 13/05/2017
How to photograph fruit dropped in water
Photographing clear shots of fruit in water is harder than it looks. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Photographing fruit dropped into water is surprisingly difficult. The problem with the shot is that the fruit or water often appears blurry if the stop-motion settings on the camera are not correct. The most difficult part about photographing dropped fruit is getting the correct settings on the camera. Adjust the settings on the camera to achieve the kind of results that you want. Clear images will result from using a strobe light and the correct ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

Set the stage for the picture. Place the aquarium in the centre of a large, waterproof surface. Have towels ready to catch the water after dropping the fruit into the water. Place three reflector lights pointing at the aquarium. Set the foam core board two feet behind the aquarium and point two of the reflector lights at the background. Use whatever colour of board you want for the final image background. Set the strobe light to shine on the middle of the aquarium.

Fill the aquarium half way with bottled polar water. This eliminates weird bubbles formed by tap water. Let the water sit for about 10 to 20 minutes before you start to shoot. Cut the fruit into the desired pieces or leave it whole.

Adjust the camera settings to 1/160 shutter speed, 200 ISO and f 14 aperture.

Drop the fruit into the water with one hand while taking pictures with the other. If you cannot hold your hands steady while you drop the fruit, place the camera on a tripod for shooting. Aim the photograph line half way above and below the water line.

Continue to shoot the fruit until you have the desired image. Crop the images when shooting is complete to isolate the fruit and eliminate backgrounds and unwanted parts of the image.

Things you need

  • 10-gallon aquarium
  • Towels
  • 5 5-inch reflector lights
  • Foam core board
  • Strobe light with 200-watt seconds split
  • Bottled polar water
  • Camera with 100 macro lens
  • Tripod (optional)

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