Photo copyright by Amy Renfrey
Many people ask me how to shoot water droplets on spider webs. I thought I’d actaully shoot it then tell you how I did it, and you can do it for yourself.
Early one morning I ventured out into the garden. It had been raining and I thought it would be a great time to shoot, before my busy day began.
First of all you need a lens that can pick up the detail of the web, along with the water droplets. I use Canons L series lenses. Why? Because of the clarity and sharpness they give.
Secondly, I chose a time of day that offered me softer light, such as the morning. I chose a softer light because of the way the water droplets would be reflected. With harsh light, or bright over head sun in the summer time, I felt I would lose the soft light. I feel that softer light works so much better with fine delicate subjects.
Third, I used a short depth of field. One of my lenses is a 24-105mm lens. I love the short depth of field it gives. I knew it was the right lens for this shot because it would blur out the background, giving me a wash of green where the trees were. If I had any of the trees in detail you would have missed the detail of the water droplets altogether.
I hope that answers your questions!
Happy shooting my friend,
Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Aperture: F 4.5
Shutter speed: 1/60th of a second
Focal Length: 105mm