Working with Water – Try it Thursday

March 28, 2013

One of my favorite things to take photos of is my kids and water.

I used to think “oh, c’mon – how hard could it be?” But then I would look at my photos and have streams of out of focus water – when what I wanted was drops, drops when I wanted streams, I would have missed the splash, or the bubble would already have popped.

Disappointing, to say the least.

So I took my camera to the bathroom. Besides the fact that I think bath time is one of the most fun parts of the day, it helped me learn to play with water. AND you can do it in any season.

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trying not to forget the details
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one of the key things that I learned was to keep your shutter speed high enough. If you follow me on Facebook, I mention often that I don’t shoot kids slower than a shutter speed of 1/200 – and this is no different.

sprinklers are one of my favorite summer past-times. – and getting that perfect summer fun-loving shot means a fast SS to get those drops (this one is 1/1250)
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Bubbles are another fun thing to practice and shoot! Focusing on them can be hard, but once you get it, you can see amazing reflections.

This first one was taken with an 85mm and the second one with a 100L (macro lens).


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If you do happen to own a macro lens — playing with water and oil can be a BLAST! I mixed them together in a wine glass (okay okay, ideally I should have used a glass where you cant see the lines. But wine glasses are usually readily available and clean here 😉 — PLUS I think that it gives it a bit of extra depth). I mixed the oil and water together and took a straw and would swirl it around for different effects and types of bubbles.

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Now, on to everyone’s spring time favorite… puddles.

Man I love puddles. My best friend and I (another photog) took the kids out one night and just drove around, location scouting, as per the usual. We stopped by these trees and just let the kids run free. When I saw that there were puddles, it was the perfect time to play. The kids were *soaked* by the time that we were done, but oh, it was so much fun.

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again, my SS was high (these are 1/2500). Finding the light and the reflection on the water makes it for a perfectly warm photo.

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Freezing time is the key with water, for me, personally.

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So go play! It is SPRING (even if it doesn’t feel like it) – get out there and shoot the rain coming down with your kids splashing in puddles, let them blow bubbles and practice focusing before they pop, take your camera to the bathroom and laugh with your kids as they throw water on each other (or themselves)! There is so many fun things to do with water — don’t be afraid to take your camera with you.


blog picBy Amanda Skelte – McKinney, TX

Amanda is a Dallas based newborn, child, and family photographer and mother of 4 girls 6 and under. She shoots on-location and focuses on capturing life as it, simply, is.  A teacher at heart, Amanda has now ventured out into workshops for moms who want to catch those small, everyday moments, themselves – as well as anyone looking to dig a bit deeper into their business or style. A crazy family of 6, Amanda lives on diet coke, spends most of her day in the car, and the rest of it behind her lens.


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  • Reply jennifer warthan March 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Gorgeous images!! And what a FUN spring post!!!!

  • Reply Jennifer March 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Great post. Can’t wait to get out and try some of your tips. For a change I think I will be looking forward to the next rainy day!

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