FIRST STEPS PRE­PAR­ING TO SHOOT

Learn how to get set up for tak­ing great paint-drop shape shots

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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.

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