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Close-Up Photographs of Water

Water makes for a very interesting macro photography subject, as it can be transparent, reflective, or both simultaneously. Water can reveal movement, or it can be motionless and frozen in time.

A dewdrop on the side of a plant can tell the viewer that the photograph was taken in the early morning. On the outside edge of a glass it tells the viewer that the drink inside the glass is cold. A reflection in a drop of water dripping from a faucet can reveal details in the room that can’t otherwise be seen by the viewer.

When photographing water close up, remember that you’re photographing what the water sees more than the water itself. Choose an angle that doesn’t reveal your own reflection in the water’s surface. And apart from that, experiment with your camera angle until the water’s reflection reveals exactly what you want it to.

A flowing, or moving water source provides an opportunity to either show the movement or to freeze it. By shooting with a slow shutter speed (with your camera on a tripod), the image on your digital sensor becomes blurred due to the motion. This causes water to seem misty, or smooth.

Experiment with varying speeds to find the one that works best for your specific situation. The slower you set the shutter speed, the foggier the water appears.

A faster shutter speed captures a still representation of the water, giving it a more crisp and clear look.

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