Beautiful Peacock Feather Photography Tutorial with Water Droplets!


in this macro photography tutorial we’re
taking a look at a subject that you guys can shoot easily at home and it’s really
fun to try out I’m going to be shooting peacock feathers and I’m gonna be
putting some little water drops on these and getting nice and close to the macro
lens I’m gonna get started so I’ll see you in just a sec Hi guys I’m Ben from Adaptalux and
today we’re taking a look at these rather lovely peacock feathers now you
can get these pretty readily online you can get them really huge as well but I
think these these little ones are going to do just fine for our macro
photography tutorial today they’ve got a lot of detail they’ve got
a lot of color so I think they’re going to be really interesting when we get up
close I’m also going to be putting some water drops on them because that’s going
to create some really interesting effects as the light and these colors
refract around inside the droplet of water so I’m going to go and get some
water I’m going to set up my brand new flash lighting arms and we’ll see
exactly what detail we can get out of these feathers
today’s setup is going to be a pretty simple one then
I wanted this to be something that you guys can just pick up and go with at
home whether it’s shooting knickknacks you’ve got up on your shelves or the
feathers that we’re trying out today I wanted it to be something that you can
hold your camera freehand and just go exploring so that’s exactly what we’re
going to do I’ve got my camera and I’ve got my IR emitter attached to a hot shoe
of the camera and then my control pod attached to the IR emitter so that means
that I can move around with my with my lighting in tow and not have to worry
too much about its placement I can just plug in a lighting arm and then adjust
my lighting arm head up to where my subject is going to be in front of the
camera and then not have to worry too much about it after that so I’m just
going to be moving around my subject using this setup maybe with two lighting
arms as well so that I’ve got multi directional lighting I’m going to see
exactly what we can get and then we’re gonna add some water droplets as well
I’m going to get started and get some initial shots of my my feathers here so one of the first things that I wanted
to try with these feathers was to get a simple shot of the front of the feather
where all of those colors are where most of the detail is so I’ve got it in a
little clamp here simply so that I can keep both of my hands free and I don’t
have to hold a feather out in front of the camera which you can do if you’ve
got an autofocus lens I’ve got a manual lens so it means that I’ve got to either
move the camera in and out or use the focus ring to focus on my
subject so with it being still here I can have both of my hands free to do
that the other thing that I’ve got going on is a window just the other side of my
feather so that’s providing some natural light just shining in from the back
which I found really interesting I’m not sure if I like it for my final shot but
for these ones I think it’s going to be just fine to get some of that detail and
the color on the front of my feathers next I’m going to be putting some water
down onto my table I’ve tried just a few experiments here already but I’m going
to refine that down and get some really cool shots of water droplets on top of
these feathers I’m pretty happy with those shots of the
front of my feathers but I wanted to get something a little bit more interesting
now I’ve been shooting these straight on so far which is great for your depth of
field because you can get a lot of the feather in focus but what I really
wanted to do was take a little bit more of an artistic and creative approach
shoot from an angle and take advantage of some of that shine on these feathers
as well as adding a water drop in there to refract some of that light and pick
up on some of the lovely colors from from the feathers themselves so what I’m
going to do is I’m gonna lay my feathers flat down on my coffee table here and
I’ve got a little bowl of water I’m not gonna be doing anything too complicated
using a pipette or any concoctions of water and glycerin some people will will
use glycerin too to maintain the shape of your water droplet a little bit
better and that’s absolutely fine for today though I think I’m just going to
use the water I’m just going to dab my finger into the water here and grab a
little drop on the end of my finger and then drop it down onto my feather where
I’d like it to be very very delicately you can build this up over time so don’t
go for grabbing huge droplets of water straight away you can just drop them on
one by one until you have a nice round water droplet you then have to be pretty
quick to get a shot because that water will eventually seep down through the
feather or be absorbed if you get it wrong grab some grab some kitchen roll
and you can just dab the water off again and try again and it really is that
simple just popping water where you’d like it to be and it adds that little
focus of interest into your shot something to look at amongst all of this
color and detail of the feather I’m going to do a few of these and I’ll put
the results up as I go there’s loads and loads of different
ways to shoot these water drops but something I found as I’ve been going is
that getting some more light in the background behind the water drop is
really really important because the light will shine through the water drop
and then into the camera it carries with it a lot of reflections a lot of
refraction and a lot of the color from the surrounding area so that’s really
really cool the way that I’m achieving this is because I’ve got two flash
lighting arms plugged in at once I can control the power and intensity of the
light independently for each one of these meaning I can make more come from
the right hand side more from the left more from the back and the front
depending on how I place my lighting arms now this is really really easy to
do when you’ve got everything attached to the camera like this if you take it
off camera you can use bluetooth to to control where your lighting is coming
from if you want to see an example of that go and check out our shots from
last week where we were colliding water drops together and we used bluetooth to
control the brightness of our flash arms there I’ve been getting some pretty cool
results from picking up with the peacock feathers and shooting a cross at it a
pretty extreme angle you can you can leave them down on the table if you want
an issue across them as well but because of our shallow depth of field and the
slightly reflective nature of these peacock feathers it means we get some
really amazing bokeh effects in the background with all of these really nice
colors coming out and shining through that water droplet and particularly with
flash as well because I’m used to shooting with continuous light where you
can see the results as you build your shot up with flash you’re not going to
see the results until you press your shutter button so I’ve been getting some
wonderful surprises every time I take a shot and all of those colors come
shining out in the image now if you’re not one for surprises you can actually
do something with the Adaptalux Studio that is pretty unique you can use
continuous light at the same time so we have our normal colored lighting arms
which you can plug in on their own or using the flash arms as well so I can
just just plug this amber lighting arm into a three slot on on the control pod
and then you’ll see that we also have some colored amber light here as well
which will make a very subtle difference to your images depending where it’s
place depending on the the intensities of your flash as well you can use this
to add some little hints of color if your if your subject isn’t quite as
colorful as as mine so I’m going to actually play around with this a little
bit as well and see if I can’t add some really interesting hints of color using
continuous light and flash together it’s actually really refreshing for me
to be doing something as simple and as straightforward as shooting these lovely
feathers I’ve got quite elaborate in my setups over the past few months
including doing the the planet project which is a lot of fun in itself but it
does require a little bit more setup a little bit more thought before you start
shooting this is pure plug-and-play start shooting and start experimenting
as you go which is have really different and really interesting for me especially
with these brand new flash lighting arms to play with Sam’s just given me these
in the past few weeks so I’ve been playing around with them loads and I’m
having a lot of fun if you want to know a little bit more about these flash
lighting arms and how to get some for yourself go and check out the link in
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