Freeze falling rain
Claire Gillo makes it indoors and pops some flash to get intense results
Capture the moment rain hits a flower using a flash synced to your shutter speed
In a moment the spray of water drops in our picture is gone – but what our eyes fail to see in that split second, our camera can capture. Normally, you’d use your Nikon’s shutter speed setting to freeze a moving subject, but there may be times when you won’t be able to set a fast enough shutter speed, or the ambient light may not allow you to produce the best possible result. When this is the case, an external flashgun will come to the rescue.
Every D-SLR has a flash sync shutter speed setting. You can’t use a faster shutter speed than this because at higher shutter speeds the sensor is exposed through a moving slit rather than all at once, so the flash would only appear in part of the picture. Most Nikon D-SLRs will sync at 1/250 sec or slower.
There will be times when you won’t be able to set a fast enough shutter speed to freeze action… When this is the case, an external flashgun will come to the rescue
In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to sync your flash and capture water drops being dispersed over a flower. As our main subject we’ve selected a bright orange gerbera, and we suggest you use something similar. Against the dark backdrop the bright colour pops out. To create our rain we used a spray bottle to produce the fine drops filtering over the flower. To make the drops of water ‘ping’ we backlit the setup. This essentially means we’re lighting our subject from behind, which in turn creates a halo effect around the edge of our subject.