How I Shot It

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,


Camera data:

Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM

Aperture: F 4.5

Shutter speed: 1/60th of a second

ISO: 200

Focal Length: 105mm

About the Author

Amy is an multi-award winning photographer from Australia. She teaches enthusiast photographers how to take beautiful, professional photos in easy, plain English. She has a monthly photography emagazine and ebooks to help you create stunning images every time.

Comments (8)

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  1. Lucy says:

    Perfect shot Amy! thanks for sharing!

  2. Ceraig says:

    Excellent, thanks Amy. Nice work.

  3. Michael says:

    Remarkable photo, thanks Amy.

  4. Lucy says:

    Love that photo Amy! Nice lighting and composition.

  5. Shane says:

    Just discovered this blog through Yahoo, what a wonderful surprise!

  6. Diana says:

    I have taken spider web shots before and if you don’t have any rain a spray bottle works rather well.

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