How to Photograph Bubbles Part 3

The final part of photographing bubbles looks specifically at photographing the patterns made by soap bubbles – a popular type of photography that creates a unique photograph every time.

This kind of photography is Macro photography – it’s the kind of photographs that would work well as fine art or for uses in the greetings card industry therefore make sure these images are pin sharp and look incredible.

You will need:

1.    A wire coat hanger or any wire
2.    Glycerin from the chemist
3.    Soap bubbles – can be children’s toy bubbles or dish washing liquid.
4.    Foam
5.    A dish for the soapy liquid

All you are doing is using the coat hanger, in effect as a giant bubble blower.  First you take the wire coat hanger and reshape it into a square or rectangular shape.  Once you have shaped the wire, wrap the foam round the wire then stick around the wire, covering evenly.

This is so that the soapy water can properly saturate the metal frame and your bubbles will be stable for longer.  Remember to add the glycerin to the mixture to help your bubbles last..

For the background make sure you use something dark – black is ideal and try to use something matte if you can.  Use a cable release or remote so you don’t have to move the camera – remember to set things up before hand and estimate where you will be suspending your bubbles from – you’ll also need cloths to wipe up any mess.

Its important to know that the swirls of color do not appear right away – give the soapy mixture at least 30 minutes to start to stabilize then the colors will come into effect. You can blow gently on the bubbles to create some effects but be warned – blow too hard and you will burst it!

Remember you don’t want the lighting to be harsh – ideally you want a diffused light (use a light box or even tissue paper to soften the light) and move the camera around – you will see that at the right angle, the colors are not drowned out at all.  You want to frame the image tightly – don’t take a picture of the whole frame, just of the centre or the most interesting area to avoid creating extra distractions.

As the bubble begins to move you will notice the picture will begin to change shape – make sure you take photographs as it moves through its stages.

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