Home Photography Ideas: Create optical illusions in a glass, in your kitchen!

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Want to capture a mesmerizing optical illusion to impress your friends? In this project, we’ll show you how the refractive properties of a glass filled with water can create magical distortion effects when placed in front of patterned or colored backgrounds.

In our main example, we used a colorful two-tone backdrop, and the optical effect of looking through a glass of water magically inverted the colors. However, similar dazzling effects can be achieved with monochrome mosaics and other patterns.

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The technique is simple and, in addition, you do not need any special equipment! All you need is natural light, a standard zoom lens (like your kit lens), some colored backgrounds (which you can print yourself) and a container or a glass container of your choice.

Just fill it with water and look through it, and you’ll instantly see the distorting effects of refraction! So grab a drink and let’s get started…

01 Create a background

02 Edit your background

We’ve found that a cereal box is the perfect size to mount your background, using masking tape to keep it straight. We placed our box on two thick books to accommodate the size of the glass we chose.

03 Camera and settings

04 Watch out for the light

To get a nice photo without using a flash, you’ll need to work in a bright room with lots of ambient light, but don’t set up in direct sunlight near a window because you’ll get too much reflection. If glare is an issue, you can point out the light – we used two other large books, which worked perfectly.

05 Focus and compose

Activate Live View to compose your image and zoom in on the base of the glass using the camera’s magnification feature. Now focus manually for more precision, using maximum focus if your camera has it. Exposures will be relatively slow, so you can use a wireless remote, your phone, or a cable release to trigger the shot.

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