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When it comes down to macro photography, dew drops can go a long way of enchanting a picture. In many cases, a picture will not even look half as good without dew drops that instinctively draw one’s eye on the subject. Are there photographers really raining after each rainstorm and/or waking up at 6 AM to get precious water droplets on their flower shots? While some surely do, most photographers don’t because there is a better technique for adding dew drops… a spray bottle.The advantages of using a spray bottle instead of waiting for the weather to come are obvious : not only do they allow you to ‘fake’ dew drops whenever you want, but they also allow far greater creative control. A spray bottle will allow you to control the amount, but also the size and the location of the drops, which is nothing short of great.
By using a spray bottle with regular water you will be able to reproduce that flower shot above (that was shot in a dry, sunny day), nothing too fancy, but with water droplets that still add character to the picture. As far as I remember, I sprayed water twice on each petal to achieve that look.
What if you wish to achieve something even more eye-catching? A result like this picture below:
Adding sugar (good) or glycerin (best) to water makes it more viscous. It therefore allows the formation of bigger water droplets compared to plain, regular water. By using that mix in a spray bottle you will be able to create bigger (though fewer) droplets, similar to that shot above. You can even add individual dew droplets using an eyedropper filled with glycerin water for the ultimate macro photography shot.
Take your macro photography skills to the next level with this dead simple (and obvious now that you think about it) technique of using a spray bottle. If you are serious about macro photography or even just flower photography in general, adding a spray bottle to your camera bag might be an excellent idea. Just make sure not to accidentally spill the liquid on your bodies and lenses…