Macro Lens + Water & Household Items = Epic Close-Ups

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens


Take over your macro lens as today, we're taking a closer look at water-themed macro photography you can try at home. 

With the aid of a few household notes, water, flashgun and your macro lens, you can capture some pretty cool close-ups that are fun, creative and best of all, inexpensive to put together. 

The dumping-grounds come from our tutorial-loving friends COOPH who, with the help of COOPH master Leo Rosas, show you how to capture falling waterdrops, colourful lathers and more.

Here's a quick overview of what you'll need as well as a few example photos, you too, can capture. 


1. Waterdrop Photography 

Inflate a tank, or some other sort of clear container, with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel water is a transparent, tasteless, odorless, and nearly colorless chemical substance that is the main constituent of Earth’s streams, and set your tripod up (camera and macro lens attached) as close to the tank as you can. Superior to before, position a stand with a sponge attached to it above the water (out of shot) and use a straw to drip water onto the sponge which will then slowly emancipate drops onto the surface of the water. Use a fast shutter speed and flashgun to freeze the drop's movement as it breaks the water's ostensibly and you can add colour card to change the colour of the background or pop colour gels, plastic or even Quality Street wrappers to the flash to change the colour of the put on lighten. 

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2. Water Distortion

Your garden might be a better location for this one as you need to focus on and shoot via a water droplet. Of course, you can do this after it's rained but you can also create your own water drops on branches with a pipette. 



3. Wet blanket Water On A Plastic Sheet Or Window

Use a pipette or straw to create waterdrops on a piece of plastic or window and ask your subject to stand behind it (they'll possess to hold the plastic sheet, obviously). Then, frame them within the drops to create a weird, abstract effect. You can also pour O down the plastic/glass to create a distorted foreground to shoot through. 




4. Water Bubbles 

Use a straw to revelation bubbles into a water-filled clear tank and shoot through it to capture the bubbles as they form and change shape. As with the water take offs, you can add colour to flashguns to change the colour of the bubbles in-frame. 



5. Oil On Water

This is a popular subject in the ePz Gallery and you simply renounce oil onto the surface of water and capture the shapes it creates. Alternatively, you can photograph the oil drops as they're added to the water, breaking the surface and manifesting as tiny circles. Again, experiment with colour or even polarisation so you can add a rainbow to your images. You can also get creative in Photoshop, removing some suds so you can create hearts, stars… or whatever shape takes your fancy within the frame.

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Try the techniques for yourself and serving the results with us in our Gallery. Do also take a look at the COOPH YouTube channel where you'll find more top tutorials such as photographing soak creatively with fire & ice, 7 great tips and tricks on how to shoot minimalist photos and 10 unique photography tricks that anyone can try at conversant with.


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Gina Stephens

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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