Self-Education | Macro Photography
Creating New Worlds with Macro Photography
Photography is all about shifting perspectives and creating visual representations of things from your own unique point of view.
Macro photography makes the impossible, possible. Tiny details are suddenly not only visible but highly defined! I came across a tutorial recently that talked about how to use a macro lens to photograph bubbles and had to try it out for myself.
My first attempt was terrible! I followed the instructions but wasn’t getting the results I wanted. So here is a quick rundown of how I created my soap bubble planets. I’d love to see how yours turn out!
Setting Up for Soap Bubble Planets
- Liquid soap (I found colored soap worked better than clear)
- Glycerine (I went to 3 different stores before I found this so just order it online)
- An external flash
- A softbox or beauty dish
- Black cloth or paper
- Macro lens
To make the bubble solution, I mixed 2 cups of water with 1 cup of liquid soap and 2 tablespoons of glycerine. I later added more random amounts of liquid soap to the mixture to see if it made the bubbles last longer…I think it did!
Try to do this in a cool, dry room. Heat and humidity will pop those bubbles so fast.
Set you camera on the tripod (you don’t want to handhold this, it’s too tricky to get focus locked and keep blowing the bubbles) and put your supplies on a table with your black backdrop behind the subject. Macro photography means using a lens that is created specially to see tiny details, but those lenses are notoriously tricky to focus. Turn off auto-focus and save yourself a big headache!
I put my Godox Ad200 in a 26″ softbox. I started out using a much bigger softbox but I didn’t like the results. Mount it as close to the bubbles as you can!