The Setup and Equipment
- Place a piece of color paper on the surface of the water in the fish tank.
- Set the lens on auto-focus mode and focus on the piece of color paper on the water surface.
- Once the focus is made, take out the piece of color paper on the water and switch the lens to manual focus.
Check and Adjust Exposure and Flash PowerOnce the pre-focus is done, you are ready to start pouring fair amount of oil into the water and start shooting. You should take a shot to see how the exposure turn out to be. Adjust your camera settings and flash power accordingly based on your setup.
Interesting Outcome and PicturesThe outcome of each shot is very different with the oil on water. Try stirring the water or pour in more oil to create interesting pictures. Also try out the following:
#1: Different colored gels placed over the flash to produce different colored effects.
Try it out - it is fun, simple to setup and yet produce surprising results.
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