Amazing Dish Soap Bubble Photography! | Macro Photography Tutorial


Hi Guys, I’m Ben from Adaptalux and I’m here
in the kitchen today to give you a really quick macro photography tutorial. We’re going to be shooting some really “outer
spacey” looking shots using dish soap. So let’s get started! So first things first, what are we shooting
today? It’s a really easy one you can do at home,
all you need is some dish soap, washing up liquid, whatever you want to call it. It comes in all different colours and varieties
and consistencies. We’ve got a few to try here today. We’ve got a standard, sort of, quite thick
one there and some green hand wash as well, and the big point of these is that when you
shake them up they fill with lots of interesting little bubbles which move around and you can
capture those with your macro lens. You will need to take the labels off the bottles. Some of them are very easy, others break apart
like this one and leave residue all over the bottle. Use steam and water to get rid of as much
as possible so that it doesn’t show up in your images when you are trying to look through
the bottle. I ended up transferring mine into a different
bottle that had already had the sticker taken off, because it was a little bit easier. So with the label successfully off our bottle,
lets take a look at some of the other equipment that i’m going to be using today. We’ve got a D5600 and the is a reversed 24mm
macro lens on there. we also have a 90mm Tamron Lens. We’re going to need some stabilisation for
the camera and a shutter release cable there. For lighting, of course, we are going to be
using the Adaptalux Studio and that’s sat on a stabiliser. Couple of white lighting arms and maybe a
colour filter or two for good measure. Now that we’ve got everything, i’m going to
set up our first shot! So let’s go through this pretty simple set-up. We’ve got the camera on the mini tripod, nice
and low down. The bottle is as close to the lens as we can
get while it’s still in focus, and behind the bottle we’ve got the lighting which is
just a single point of light shining through. When you set up your camera and your subject
make sure that they are level you don’t want the camera to be looking up or down at the
subject. We want our plane of focus to be parallel
with the front of the bottle so that when the bubbles rise from the bottom to the top
they’re travelling along that plane and not crossing it and doming in and out of focus. If you need to, just raise or lower the subject
or the camera to make sure that you are looking straight through the front of the bottle. Our lighting is pretty important. That’s that give these shots that “outer spacey”
look as the light shines through the bottle and onto the bubbles. We’ve got a single white lighting arm plugged
into the control pod here, and that gives us a lot of flexibility to move the lights
around and change the look of the image in lots of different ways. So just play around with the lighting, move
things around, change the intensity, have a look, until you are happy with the way the
light is falling on those bubbles. So, let;s shake the bottle a little bit. You don’t want to do it too much because you
don’t want too many bubbles and the more you shake it the smaller they are going to get
and they are going to start to get suspended in the fluid, making it really hard to get
a decent picture. So just shake it a little bit, have a play
around, change the camera settings, move the lighting around and see how it goes! I’m going to get started now and see what
we can get! I’ve been at this for a little while now and
I’ve shaken this bottle so many times that the bubbles have become really really tiny
and the solution is almost opaque. So what im going to do is change out our 90mm
lens for a reversed 24mm lens which means that we can get much, much closer in here
and get those bubbles to be nice and big again. It might give us a little bit more camera
shake and a little bit more movement but we can combat that by upping our shutter speed,
changing our settings around a little bit. If you don’t have that option, you can just
leave this to sit for a couple of hours and eventually, the bubbles will work their way
out and you will be ready to go again. As you’re experimenting with your lighting
and moving your subject around, you will very quickly realise that the position of your
lighting makes all the difference to how these shots look. It could be really dark in the background,
with heavy shadows on the bubbles themselves from having the light really close, move the
light back and everything becomes a green wash across the background because its lighting
more of the solution it’s self and its reflecting around inside that green mist – if you like. With this lens set-up, it’s quite difficult
to focus normally, in fact you can’t because the lens doesn’t allow you to. The only way to focus is to move in and out
of the scene. So what i’m doing here is moving the. Let me just hit record here. I’m moving the subject in and out of focus,
just by a couple of millimetres each time and it allows me to search around for the
bigger bubbles, the more interesting shots. Tilting the bottle can make some interesting
effects as well, so you can set that plane of focus to intersect with the bottle its
self. I’m making good use of my shutter release
cable here, so when I’ve got a shot ready i’m trying not to knock the camera of the
subject and i’m trying not to move the table, which is… Its a pretty rickety table, but we’re getting
some good shots, so that’s fine. This bottle really needs to rest now. There’s basically nothing in there that we
can actually shoot any more so i’m going to change the subject, use this hand wash which
is much, much clearer, so we should be able to see some different colours and get some
better settings as well. Now this bottle is really interesting. Its a lot clearer so you can see through it. So we put this yellow colour filter on the
Adaptalux arms, they just snap on, Which means we’ve got some nice yellow colour shining
through there. what’s also interesting is that this is actually
a lot thicker so the bubbles aren’t moving around quite as much and we’ve got a lot more
time to be able to focus and grab those big bubbles before they shoot off to the top. So, i know, at the beginning I said i was
only going to be using white lighting arms, but when we moved on to this new hand gel,
I discovered that its actually clear enough, and its not got as much colour as the other
one so I tried a couple of different coloured lighting arms and they do actually shine all
of the way though which is absolutely fantastic and it gives some really really cool effects. So I’ve gone a bit crazy and I’ve been using
colour filters, different colours, blue, green, amber, even one of our new laser lighting
arms, i had a bit of a go with that. It just goes to show that experimentation
when you are doing this work is absolutely fantastic and it can really really pay off. So that’s it for our dish soap bubbles macro
photography tutorial, a really quick and interesting subject that you can shoot at home. If you’re going to give it a go, make sure
to let us know in the comments and give us a like while youre there. In the video description I’m going to put
some information about the Adaptalux studio so you can find out more about that and I’m
also going to put a link to some other videos of all the raw shots that I’ve got today so
that you can go and have a closer look at some of those. That’s it guys, thanks a lot for watching
and i’ll see you next time.

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