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Hints and Tips #2 : Water Splashes

Wed May 14, 2014, 2:14 PM


Water Splashes:

Creative Use Of Water In Macro


Water In Macro Cover by Rick-TinyWorlds

In this tutorial I'll show you an easy way to turn a simple bottle into
a tool for creating stunning water splashes in your pictures.


You need:

  • An empty dish washing liquid bottle or shampoo bottle
  • A lens to shoot from distance OR you risk water damage


Preparing the bottle

Open your empty bottle. Clean it with water until no more soap bubbles are building.
Now fill it up with water.


In action

Set a short exposure time to „freeze“ the water in motion.
Press on the bottle to release the water, while taking photos.

Be sure the water does not get inside your camera.



Technique #1 – Moment of Impact

Green Energy by Rick-TinyWorlds

Aim at your object and press as heavy on the bottle as possible.
This will create sort of a mini water explosion where it hits your target.

 

Technique #2 – Fine Spray

Until The Rain Is Over by Rick-TinyWorlds

Put very few water in bottle, so that the bottom is only barely covered.
Aim at your target and press on the bottle.
The fine spray will only stay for a short time, so be sure to shoot your photo quickly.


Technique #3 – Sparkles

My Rainy Autumn Day by Rick-TinyWorlds

Go to Manual mode and set your f-number to a low value to get a blurry background.
Now use one of the techniques above and aim at a place behind your object.
Because the water drops are reflecting the light, they will look like tiny stars in your image.


I hope this helps you!
Have fun with this technique and feel free to post your results below!


Hints & Tips is a new series of articles here at projecteducate designed to bring you short, concise articles that give you some great artistic advice.
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In this tutorial I'll show you an easy way to turn a simple bottle into
a tool for creating stunning water splashes in your pictures.
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:iconjayjaydevianart:
JayJayDevianArt Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :blowkiss:
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:iconxryuusei:
xRyuusei Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing :D Thank you!
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:iconbeltaneh:
Beltaneh Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Thank you for this :) You made it seem so easy
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:iconrick-tinyworlds:
Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner May 16, 2014   Photographer
You're welcome!
Let me know when you made any photo using this technique :)
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:iconbeltaneh:
Beltaneh Featured By Owner May 16, 2014
Allright :)
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:iconthreshie:
Threshie Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Really cool article. =)
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:iconrhynwilliams:
RhynWilliams Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   Traditional Artist
awesome :clap:
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
Buy intense strobe light?
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:iconrick-tinyworlds:
Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner May 15, 2014   Photographer
You don't need an extra light-source for this, all example images where shot with natural light.
If you want to shoot in the dark I suggest to order a cheap LED video light (~20€ on Ebay) ;)
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I jest... your photos do show what can be done unaided. I nearly always use available light, not liking even to engage the built in flash if I can avoid it. I was referring to that dA photo genre that features oddly contorted water droplets caught in a high speed flash.
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