06 Shoot close-ups of bubbles
Previously, we’ve shown you how to create artistic effects with oil on water, but how about shooting the intricate patterns created by bubbles?
You’ll need a macro lens, a glass of water and a few drops of washing-up liquid. For a splash of colour, add food colouring.
Blow into the mixture with a straw to create thick foam, then get in close with your camera.
The geometric patterns will change as the bubbles pop, so you’ll need to work fast.
Set up your glass near a window and use pieces of white card to bounce natural light onto the set-up.
You can use flash, but for best results use a flashgun and off-camera cord.
Get started today…
* Experiment with different aperture settings and shooting angles to change how many bubbles snap into focus.
* For maximum depth of field, make sure the back of the camera is parallel with the bubbles.
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