We share 9 simple ideas that will get your creativity flowing. And the best part? Each one can be done at home. There’s no need to travel or brave the cold; all you have to do is set up your camera and enjoy tons of fun at home.
- Photograph water droplets
Water droplet photography requires specialized equipment, but the results can be stunning, and you could literally spend years photographing different splash types, backgrounds and colors. It’s also relatively simple to obtain images such as this one once you have a good grasp of the basics. You’ll need a camera that has a macro lens or with exceptional close-ups to get started. A tripod is necessary to hold the camera in place, an off-camera flash to light the droplets, a dropper and a bowl. Your camera should be placed next to the water bowl. Then, switch to manual focus and prefocus on the bowl’s middle (where the water will drop). The water dropper should be held high. Drop a few drops over the bowl and fire your camera as soon as the droplets are near the surface of the water. Water droplet photography is a messy art. Especially if you follow the easy DIY setup I have described. You can buy specialized water droppers or rigs to make your droplet photos consistent. However, these can be expensive so I recommend only purchasing them if you are serious about this type of photography!
- Take some food pictures
Everybody loves food photography, especially when it’s delicious. This genre is very popular and can be lucrative if you are able to sell your photos of food as stock. These guidelines will help you get started in food photography at home. Lighting is essential. Natural lighting such as a window sidelight, works well. Off-camera flash should be used behind food. However, reflect the light back with a reflector to avoid shadows. Be aware of the background. A standard still-life background, such as a white lightbox, is effective. You can have fun with textured backgrounds like fabric or painted canvas. You don’t have to choose your background randomly. Make sure it is relevant to the food that you are photographing! Take care when styling your food. Professional food photographers have food stylists. But the rest of us aren’t so lucky. You must arrange your food in beautiful ways. I like to use repeated elements such as the strawberry shot.
- Lineball light painting
Lensballs are a great way to capture stunning refraction photos. But if you really want to elevate your lensball photos, how about lensball light painting? This can be done indoors using a few basic tools. A dark room is required. You can either shoot in the dark or in a basement with no windows. A tripod is necessary to keep your camera steady, and you will also need a table and a piece of glass to protect the lensball. The sheet of glass should be placed on the table. Next, place the lensball on top of the sheet. To prevent the ball from rolling around, I like to place a keyring underneath it. This can be edited later. After you have hit the shutter button, take a flashlight and walk around the room. You can have fun creating different patterns in the air. (As you can see, zigzags make for great fun! There is no need to be rigid. The more wild the pattern, the better.
- Ice objects
If you are stuck at home for a while, why not try frozen object photography. You’ll be able to take unique photos like these: Take your food photography in a different direction with this technique. Fill a container with water and place it in the freezer. Wait a day before you start. Next, look for interesting objects such as food, flowers or toys. Add them to the ice sheet. Next, add water until they are completely covered. Finally, place the container in the freezer for another day. You can either add water or wait another day. It all depends on how thick the ice is and what look you want. Or you can take the ice out of the container and begin shooting. For a cool and ethereal effect, I suggest lighting your subject in different directions. You might also experiment with backlighting.
- Photograph glasses against a white background
When photographed correctly, wine glasses look stunning. This quick setup will get you photos like these: Grab a few wine glasses and place them on a reflective surface. (Plexiglass works best but you could also use a mirror or a piece of glass). It may take some trial and error to get the perfect exposure, but if you can expose the wine glasses while exposing the background, the results will be stunning.
- Photograph oil and water bubbles
Use a clear container to combine oil and water (a glass baking tray is a good choice). Use cups or blocks to raise the container. Place a background, such as colored paper or a printed photograph, underneath the container. Place your camera over the mixture and snap away! Mix the mixture well with a spoon. You can create new bubble formations by stirring it every now and again.
- Water droplets can be captured on glass
You’ll need to raise a glass sheet and then place a background. You can create water droplets by coating the glass with windscreen water repellent and then using a water dropper for creating a pattern of drops. You can also mix water and glycerin in a bowl, then drop it into the glass using the dropper. Take beautiful photos by pointing your camera at the glass and getting close enough to capture it. You can get many stunning shots by switching the background every now and again.
- Create bokeh shapes
Bokeh is a blurry or out-of-focus area in a photograph. You can alter the background bokeh shape Simply add a cutout to your lens. Although it sounds strange, it is actually quite simple. This article on custom bokeh shapes goes into more detail. However, the idea is to take some black construction papers and cut out an interesting shape in the center. (It could be a star or a spiral), then “mount it” onto your lens. You’ll get a stunning shot when you take photos. The background bokeh mirrors the cutout shape.
- Photograph light spirals
The light-spiral technique is fun and unique, with amazing results. A darkened room is necessary, as well as a tripod to keep the camera still while you are shooting. If you don’t own a tripod, you could always position the camera facing upward on the ground. Next, set your shutter speed at 30 seconds. Then spin your light source and take photos. This excellent video will show you the entire setup.