It's Week #27: Water

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Water is one of my favorite subjects to capture with a camera. It’s a subject that looks entirely different in a single frame, than it does in real life.

Whether you are capturing the vastness of the ocean or the pattern of your sink drain, find what water means to you, and capture it with imagination and creativity. Remember to keep in mind your setting (is the background helping or distracting?), your shutter speed (do you want to capture or freeze the water?), and your vision (how will this photograph uniquely showcase your voice?).

Go with the flow!



 Tips and Tuts for this week:

  • First watch this. When your mind is expanded, you can then continue to the rest.
  • Try slowing your shutter speed waaaaaaay down (like 30 seconds slow) for a silky blurred effect. You will probably need an ND filter for this effect.
  • Try going for a fast shutter speed to freeze those droplets! (more info in the “Extra Credit” section)
  • Check out these funky tips on how to get awesome underwater photos
  • Protect your camera! I recommend these inexpensive sleeves for DSLR cameras. My very expensive Canon 5D mark III survived a local burning man twice, using these sleeves. Alternatively you can make your own with this tutorial!
  • Have fun! There’s seriously so many things you can play with for this challenge. I hopped in my shower once for a unique self portrait, I’ve tried drip photography, and I even had a friend act out a scene in a restaurant. Water is fun. Have fun with it.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out our “Water” albums from 2011, 2012, and2015, as well at “Wet” from 2014!  And as always, check out The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.

Extra Credit: 1/4000th of a second!

For some extra credit joojoo, set your shutter speed to a crazy fast 1/4000th of a second! Water moves fast, so using a very high shutter speed will allow you to capture a splash, or even a single droplet of water in the air.

If this is new to you, consider putting your camera in “Tv” or “S” mode, and setting your shutter to 1/4000, and shoot in the midday sun. You may have to adjust your ISO higher if it’s still too dark.

Please Note: Using a flash or strobe to expose your shot (ie – drip water photography) will qualify for this Extra Credit Challenge, regardless of your shutter speed.

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges - 2015