Next level water drop photography
In this video I’m going to show you how to make the perfect drop mixture for your water drop photography.
I am probably best known for my water drop photography. I love it, many of you love it so it's likely that every now and again it will pop up on my channel and today is one of those occasions. I now have a series of videos dedicated to water drop photography:
- How to shoot water drop photography - https://www.firstmanphotography.com/tutorials/water-drop-photography
- How to use the splash art dropper - https://www.firstmanphotography.com/tutorials/water-drop-photography-splashart-dropper
- How to edit water drop photography - https://www.firstmanphotography.com/tutorials/how-to-edit-water-drop-photos
- Water Drop Photography edit session - https://www.firstmanphotography.com/photo-edits/water-drop-photography-edit-session
In this video I answer a question many of you have asked me and that is what do you add to liquid to give it that glass like effect. Well the secret is xanthan gum and I'm going to show my technique for mixing up the perfect water drop photography solution.
Like I said before you can use various liquids but I find you gain greatest control by using xanthan gum. Xanthan gum can be bought very cheaply form health food stores and will last you a long time because you only need a very small amount to thicken the water..
You want to start with around one pint of warm or hot water. Xanthan gum really does not like dissolving in water so using warm water helps it along. Take about half a teaspoon of Xanthan gum and sprinkle it into the water. Stir well and then wait. Much of the gum will stick together and refuse to dissolve but I find leaving it overnight allows the maximum amount to dissolve.
If there are any lumps left in the mixture I will sieve them out. If your mixture is really thick you just need to water it down to get the required consistency.
You can play around with this but you do not want it to be too thick or it will not come out the dropper at the right time because it will stick in the nozzle. A consistency like melted butter or olive oil is around where you need to be.
This is then my base mixture for a shoot. During the shoot I will the add colour to the liquid in the form of food colouring to provide different types of shots and the addition of milk will add an interesting opacity to the liquid that can really add some extra interest to the shot.
This then pours into the SplashArt reservoir ready to create some beautiful water drop collisions.
I tend to go all out and make extra mixture to fill my water bath, but again, you can experiment with this.
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