Camera CHALLENGE Liquid Abstract Photos and Footage with Canon EOS M50

Camera CHALLENGE Liquid Abstract Photos and Footage with Canon EOS M50


One of me, one for you. And why not? I bet
you are going to loose that excitement very quickly once you see me pouring into the glass
table cream. But we are going to keep that fun going because it is our monthly camera
challenge time. Yes! We are going to get creative again with whatever you’ve got. From your
smartphone to all the way to DSLR. What are we going to shoot today? It’s Zdenka Darula
here and today I am going to show you how to create abstract photos of liquid and abstract
footage of liquid. I decided to do this this month because when I look outside, we are
still in Canada here very much frozen. We have ice everywhere and snow so it’s not the
time to go outside and shoot spring. Not yet. Therefore, I decided to free up your mind
a bit. Try something easy, fun, highly creative, wacky, insane, little bit out of comfort zone,
and quite unusual. But, that unusual actually sells pretty good for me on stock. And it’s
good idea to try it out just in case you don’t want to photograph models for stock, or you
don’t have models handy to photograph right now. Or you simply have nothing else to shoot.
Before I show you how it is done and assign a creative task for this month, let’s look
at the submissions from the last challenge which was double exposure. Photos from you.
The first photo here I have from Nick O Larse. The photos were taken with Iphone 7 and the
final photo was created in Snapseed. Next one is from Randell Peck. He took the photos
with Google Pixel XL and edited the final result in Snapseed. Another photo here is
from Scott Moore. He took photos with Sony A7 iii and final result was created in Photoshop.
Another image is from Ron Travel Life. He took photos with Canon EOS M50 and his cellphone
and created double exposure in Photoshop and further edited in Lightroom. And the last
photo which I like the most is from Randall Peck. It is spider in the woods. Photos were taken
with Canon EOS M50 and created the final image in Snapseed. Nicely done. Thank you very much
for participating and now let’s move on. First one here, let’s just call it the color clouds.
Here is what you need. Clear container full of water, table cream, small glasses, wooden
stick or any stick, food coloring and syringe. I simply filled up the tank with water, used
wooden stick to get rid off all the bubbles inside. Also, don’t forget to clean it from
outside. You don’t want finger prints or drops of water on the outside of the container.
I used white background, sometimes I even use black as well, depends on what I want
to shoot. When it comes to light, for the photos I used two external flashes. For video,
I used just continuous lights. Any bright lights on the side will work. The more light,
the better as we want to freeze the motion in the photos so we need fast shutter speed.
Now let’s get to settings in the camera. We need fast shutter, so I used here 1/200th
a second, depth of field I did I think about 5.6 because I want to have more sharpness
so the higher here the better. And then I adjusted ISO accordingly. I used the lowest
ISO I possibly can get. That’s all. I suggest using these gloves for your hands because
the food coloring kind of stains the skin and it is hard wash it. Very simply take the
table cream which you already poured into the glass, don’t drink it, but add about 6
drops or more of the food coloring. Suck it in and you are ready to have some fun. And
here is the outcome from video lights. And you can absolutely shoot this with cellphone
too. You can shoot it with any camera, just put it on tripod, have it nice and steady
and you are ready to go. Photo straight from camera looks like this. Then I take it to
Lightroom or Photoshop, crank up the contrast as much as I can, play with colors and voila.
Done. Second one here, let’s just call it the bubbles. I like this one a lot more for
footage then for photos. And in fact, yesterday I sent whole bunch of stuff to stock agencies.
What you will need for this one is container, oil, water, food coloring and Alka-Seltzer
tablets. Very simply pour lots of oil into container, add little bit of water which will
be at the bottom. I admit I used only video lights with this. I didn’t try flashes.
Now take your food coloring and make lots of drops on the top. I used red. Break the
Alka-Seltzer in pieces, throw it in and just hit the record button. I tried to move the
lights back and forth because I wanted to get this beautiful bokeh in a footage. So
one light was little bit closer to the camera and the other one was little bit more further
from the camera and that’s what I got. For video I did slow motion. 120fps. Shutter speed
was 1/250th, aperture was 5/6 again. I wanted little bit more sharpness in a video and then
I adjusted ISO accordingly. I kept the ISO as low as possibly I could. For photos, I
used same continuous video lights. Again I wanted to keep the shutter speed very fast.
I set it up to 1/200th a second. Aperture I placed at 5.6 because I wanted little bit
more sharpness in a photos and ISO I pushed all the way down as low as I could. For this
one, I didn’t do much editing really. Just little bit contrast, that’s it. Last one is
here. Let’s just call it the smudge. What you need is plate, table cream, sharp stick,
food coloring, and if you want you can use Q tips dipped in dish soap. Once again very simply
pour table cream on a plate. I tried it with milk, but the milk wasn’t that bright white
and wasn’t that thick. I find table cream works much better. Place few drops of the
color or the colors you want, take the sharp smudge tool and create patterns. If you grab
Q tip with the dish soap, it will actually move in different pattern and then you can
again adjust it with the stick. For light I just used this continuous light which I
use for all my videos. When it comes to settings, I didn’t do fast shutter speed because it’s
just not moving anywhere. So I did for shutter speed 1/60th, just enough not to shake the
camera. Aperture I kept it at 5.6 but I think you could actually go lower. I did the lowest
ISO possible here as well. Then took photos of it, twisted, turned it, just created whole
bunch of different photos. Once I uploaded it to Lightroom, I pumped up the contrast
big time. Then I also changed colors, played around until I came up with something new
and interesting. And done! So, those were my creations when it comes to liquid. Some
of them because I just do so much more when it comes to liquid. Now my friends is your
turn. You have until April 15th to come up with photos or footage of liquid. You can
totally do whatever I was doing here or you can try something new and very creative. As
long as it shows liquid, texture, movement, pattern and anything like that, you are good
to go. You can take photos of water splashes, even a beer because season is coming up. All
you have to do is add the dish soap in it to make that foam very thick on the top but
just don’t drink it afterwards. And I am so excited. I am so thrilled. You can upload
the photos and footage to ZD Camera Challenge Facebook Group or you can upload it on Instagram
and don’t forget to use #zdchallenge4. I am so excited, I cannot wait to see your results.
Don’t forget to include the information what camera was taking the photos or footage and
also which lens you were using for others to see. And the best work will be showcased
in the next creative challenge video which will be in April. All I have to say now is
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If you have any questions or comments or simply want to say hello, please do so in the video
description below or if you have an idea for next camera challenge, you actually want to
challenge me please write that in the video comments section below. I am gonna read it
and I am gonna respond to all as well as I always do. Thank you so much and I’ll see
you in the next one. Cau… Ahoj…. When I used to warm up before work. I used to work
as a radio announcer back in Czech republic. All I had to do was this. 3,333 stribrnych
krepelek preletelo pres 3,333 stribrnych rek…. hm…. Your turn… You try it…

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