9 creative photo ideas to try in April

9 creative photo ideas to try in April

Creative photo ideas for April: 03 Shoot oil and water abstracts

Creative photo ideas for April: 03 Shoot oil and water abstracts

This type of low-tech, lava lamp-style image is fast becoming a macro home studio classic.

All that’s required is a bowl of water, a few drops of cooking oil and some colourful backgrounds.

“I use a Canon 7D with a Tamron 60mm f/2.0 macro lens and a Canon MT-24EX twin-head macro flash,” says close-up specialist Mandy Disher.

“A macro flash is ideal for oil and water shots, but a regular off-camera flash with diffusers produces good results.

“It’s important that the lens is aligned with the water surface to obtain even sharpness.

It’s disappointing when a good photo composition is ruined by areas of focus in the image falling away, caused by the lens not being parallel to the water.

SEE MORE: How to capture amazing photo effects with a simple glass of water

“I use a glass container and fill it with about three or four inches of water. Next I add a small drop of washing-up liquid and give it a gentle stir to break the oil into smaller 
blobs. Finally, a spoonful of olive oil is poured in.

“The jar rests on a sheet of glass that sits on top of two stacks of CD cases at each end of it, creating a gap between the top of the table and the glass.

This enables me to change the background without disturbing the oil and water.

I use coloured pieces of paper or card as backdrops, and have also experimented with glass pebbles, beads and gems.”

SEE MORE: Shadow art – abstract photography effects with everyday items

Get started today…
* Manually focus on the surface of the water – Live View can help here.
* Set the exposure manually. Try an aperture of f/8 or f/11, with a shutter speed of 1/60 sec if using flash. Keep the ISO at 200 or lower.
* Fire the shutter with a remote release.
* Look for more inspiration at Mandy’s website

Creative photo ideas for April: 01 Shoot a natural history sequence
Creative photo ideas for April: 02 Shoot family portraits with a twist
Creative photo ideas for April: 03 Shoot oil and water abstracts
Creative photo ideas for April: 04 Shoot numbers in nature
Creative photo ideas for April: 05 Shoot a street scene collage
Creative photo ideas for April: 06 Shoot a single theme
Creative photo ideas for April: 07 Shoot a war reenactment
Creative photo ideas for April: 08 Shoot a pinhole image
Creative photo ideas for April: 09 Shoot baby birds

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