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How To Photograph Water Creatively - Ice, Fire & High-Speed

Here are 5 awesome tips and tricks that will teach you how to photograph water with a creative twist.

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If you thought H2O was boring, think again as our friends over on the COOPH YouTube channel have put together a really cool tutorial on photographing water creatively. 

With a DSLR, tripod and a little bit of experimentation, COOPH show you how to make a real splash with your images! All of the themes are super-easy to follow and the results are really impressive. 

The 5 water-themed tips and tricks featured in the video are: 

 

1. Frame With Ice

Fruit framed with ice

 

Place objects in a lunchbox, fill with water, pop it in a freezer and once frozen, put the frozen block in front of your lens. If you can, use a reflective surface to photograph it on and light from both sides. If you don't want to wait for the block to start melting, hit the ice with a hammer (carefully) to create sharp edges that will give your images a cool (ha!) edge. Please do remember that water and electronics don't mix well so do be careful!

 

2. Fire On Water

Fire on water

 

This one you need to be very careful with as it involves lighter fluid and flames but the results are rather awesome. You need to add food colouring to water, top it up with lighter fluid and then CAREFULLY light the fumes. The COOPH team even introduced ice to give their images a juxtaposed theme of 'hot and cold'. This might not be one you want to try in your living room, however! 

 

3. Long Exposures Outdoors 

Long exposures outdoors

 

It's not something that will ever go out of fashion as blurry waterfall shots are just really pretty things. Remeber your tripod and filters, find an ideal spot then dial in the longer shutter speeds

 

4. Create A Water Portal 

Water Portal

 

Staying outdoors, you can place mirrors at the edge of lakes or even in the sea to create a dream-like portal into another world. Lakes tend to always be on the cool side but at this time of year, in particular, they're bitter so don't wade into the water. Just placing the mirror at the shoreline so it's just sitting in the water will still produce creative shots. Make sure the mirror is secure, too, as you don't want it sinking or floating away on waves. 

 

5. High-Speed Photography

High-Speed Water Balloon Pop

 

With a clear tank filled with water, objects you can find at home and flashes to freeze motion you can create really cool images. One flash on each side will freeze splashes, water bubbles and the object(s) as they sink towards the bottom of the tank. Fruit is a popular choice but any objects can work (the COOPH team even used old cameras). 

As well as dropping objects into water, you can create water bursts by popping water balloons. If you get it right, you can capture the moment the water begins to escape the balloon in a circular shape of spray. 

 

More Cool Photos 

 

Fire On Water

 

Fire On Water

 

Fire On Water

 

Framed with ice

 

Framed with ice

 

Framed with ice

 

Framed with ice

 

High-Speed Photography

 

High-Speed Photography

 

High-Speed Photography

 

High-Speed Photography

 

High-Speed Photography

 

Slow Shutter Speed Photography

 

Slow Shutter Speed Photography

 

Water Portal

 

Water Portal

 

Water Portal

 

Water Portal

 

Get More Creative 

If you have any more creative water-themed ideas, please do share them below and staying with the creative theme, you should also take a look at COOPH's tutorial on photographing portraits that are a little more creative and their techniques for having a little photography fun at your desk

All Photos © COOPH

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candywest 13 1 United Kingdom
9 Feb 2020 10:15AM
i love the mirror in the water
thank you for such inspiring ideas

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