Photographing bubbles isn’t always the easiest thing but once you get the hang of it you will be able to get some interesting shots. The way you choose to light the bubbles is key and it’s important that the fine little bubble shows up – therefore, keep your backgrounds simple, but make sure the bubbles stand out. Remember that larger bubbles are also more likely to float in the air, meaning you have more time to photograph them!
Here are more tips to guide you:
Choose a backdrop for your bubble photograph, whether it’s the bubble itself or a group of bubbles in a glass or cup. Black backdrops create a dramatic effect – white is usually quite a difficult to use when you have something like a soap bubble in the foreground. Play around with colors to see what matches your image.
You can use studio lights or take photographs outside. If you are using studio lights, experiment to see what is a flattering light that shows off the curve of the bubble and the colors of the bubble. Soap bubbles usually have the most incredible shades of rainbow hues with greens, blues, yellows and purples – every soap bubble is unique.
You can use flash to freeze the action with studio lights, but if you have a flash gun, make sure that it’s located in the same area where your main light source is located to best highlight the bubble. Too much light will overexpose the image making the bubble less clear especially if it’s close up.
Don’t be afraid to photograph a bubble popping! If you can set your camera on a tripod, set the shutter to sports mode with a high shutter speed and continuous shooting, frame the image to where the bubble will be and get someone to raise their finger to pop the bubble.
With practice you will photograph the exact moment the bubble will pop – this means that you will get part of the bubble still in tact and the rippling effect of the bubble breaking.
Also you can blow gently on the bubbles if you want the bubble to move in a certain direction – just make sure its gentle!
You can also buy all kinds of bubble machines these days – it doesn’t have to be a standard bubble blower – you can buy guns and even machines that blow a constant supply of bubbles for you.
Look out for reflections of the bubble – you will usually be able to see yourself or some of the landscape in the bubble. Bear this in mind and work with it – can you get some interesting reflection in the bubble?
You can get movement by using longer shutter speeds. Use a tripod and set your shutter speed to a few seconds to see what effects you get – usually a soft bubble trailing along.