Home Photography Ideas: Shoot abstract painterly images in color!
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Need photography inspiration while you’re stuck indoors? Well, look no further than your kitchen cupboards!
You’ll be surprised how creative you can get with a few household items, and for this project we’ll be producing colorful, abstract images using only foil and food coloring. It’s a simple setup – all you need is a table and some natural light from a nearby window to create your own tabletop studio, and a macro lens as you’ll need to focus near the leaf.
The effect is achieved by placing glasses of colored water next to or on a sheet of aluminum foil and photographing the reflections – the resulting shapes and textures create images with a beautiful painterly feel. As with everything, however, you will need to be patient and experiment to get the best results!
The tricky part is capturing a good composition, so adjust the foil and experiment with the position of the glasses of colored water until you get the effect you want. Using a macro lens is essential because the closer you get to the leaf, the better results you will capture. All that’s required in post-production is a simple increase in saturation and a negative clarity setting in Adobe Camera Raw to blur sharp details.
01 Position the sheet
Spread a sheet of aluminum foil on a table next to a window. A few folds in the foil will give the desired effect, so you don’t need to crease it – just create slight ripples.
Add food coloring to glasses of water and place them on or next to foil to create colorful highlights. One or two colors work best – any other will look too busy.
03 shoot freehand
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