FIRST STEPS PREPARING TO SHOOT
Learn how to get set up for taking great paint-drop shape shots
01 Table and backdrop
You need a sturdy table that isn’t going to tip over when the full-up fish tank is placed on top. Plus, a white paper background. This could be a photo paper roll background, or it could just be some A3 paper taped to your wall. Although the price difference is obvious, both will produce the same result.
02 fill The Tank
Fill the fish tank part of the way with water and place it on the table. You may find a hose or a jug useful for this bit, and to top it up once in place. You’ll have to empty it between each paint pouring – and as it’s heavy when full up, take care to avoid any accidents. It might help to set up near a sink, or a bath.
03 wipe away The bubbles
As the water settles you’ll see lots of air bubbles on the glass of the tank. Knock out the air bubbles that accumulate with a wooden spoon. Also wipe the exterior of the tank clean, and then use a squeegee to remove any small air bubbles stuck to the inner sides of the glass tank.
04 acrylic paint mix
We used oil-based acrylic paint in a variety of colours. The richer the colours, the more striking the images. When mixing the paint with hot water, it’s the consistency that makes it look good. Mix one part paint to five parts water and stir. It won’t mix perfectly, but it’ll be good enough to photograph.