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MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIAL – Using Oil, Water & Food Coloring Creatively – Viral Trends

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY TUTORIAL – Using Oil, Water & Food Coloring Creatively




Create absolutely stunning photos using oil, water and food colouring. Ray Scott takes you through all the steps so that you can make incredibly beautiful macro pictures. All kinds of tips are shared including how and where to focus, depth of field, how to mix the food colouring, lighting and more. This is something that is sure to get all macro photographers inspired and ready for a new challenge.

When in studio or in the field Ray uses Canon gear. This is a choice he made years ago knowing that he was buying into a system that he could grow into. His go to camera is the Canon EOS 6D with the second camera being a Canon 5D. Lenses used are all L series f/4 except for the 100mm macro f/2.8L lens. They are the 16-35mm f/4L wide angle, 24-105mm f/4 walk around and the 70-200mm f/4L medium telephoto. These lenses round out the kit which is carried about with either a Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 messenger bag for city shooting or a Lowepro Sling Bag for landscape field work. While Ray does more camera handholding than before due to the image stabilization capabilities of his various lenses, he still is a believer in using his Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod. It’s light and it is sturdy. In studio Ray now uses Westcott constant lighting for good clean balanced lighting.

Ray is a firm believer in exposing himself to as much photography and its history as possible. By looking at other people’s photos, he has gained a big appreciation of what this medium has to offer. Ray doesn’t think that “copying” someone else’s style is a good thing but rather feels that exposing oneself to others work can work as a teaching and inspirational tool. With this in mind, Ray has amassed a list of favorite photographers that he uses for inspiration. Some of these artistic photographers are Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, Frans Lanting, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Freeman Patterson, William Neill and Richard Avedon.

One of the playlists on this channel is called “neighbourhood photographer” which covers tutorials shot in urban and suburban areas. It’s always a challenge to see different things of interest when you’ve been to an area many times yet this is the best way to create good images. You need to return to familiar locations many times. To do so, Ray often drives by car to an area but when he really wants to cover ground yet see things more clearly, he uses his bicycle…bike…and explores the given place.

Whether shooting landscape, macro, portrait or abstract images, Ray always tries to be aware of his surroundings to capture the best pictures possible. Part of this workflow means he is very aware of composition and uses various tips, such as the rule of thirds, as a good starting point in composing. He also likes to break rules from time to time to add new effects to his photos. Being aware of angles, shadows, shapes, lines, textures, patterns and colours goes a long way to making good pictures. He is also a big believer in “getting out there” and shooting as much as possible as it is the only way to improve and flex one’s imagination. His message is it doesn’t matter if you do your photography in the city, suburbs country, mountains or by the sea, just make sure you do it and follow your artistic passion.

Find me also on…
Facebook…https://www.facebook.com/visart66?ref=hl
Website…https://www.visart.ca

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Comments 21

  1. Thanks Ray!!! Another project on my list to try during hot Florida days. I really enjoy your videos and I would love to see what a tutorial of yours in smoke photography, just throwing the idea out there. You have a very clear and interesting way of explaining photography. Thank you very much for all your work.

  2. Good vid for those not yet given it a try. I had quite a few hours doing various things and backgrounds, the effect is not to hard too get once you get the hang of it. Was going to show some of my efforts.

  3. I've watched loads of videos showing water and drops of oil but never oil and drops of water. Spent last weekend trying out the drops of oil method but this weekend I'll be trying your method. Excellent and easy to understand video

  4. As always a superb video with lots of inspiration and a great idea for a rainy day, of which we get plenty in North West England. You come up with so many great ideas, and then give us variations of that idea. Thank you.

  5. I've seen this technique many times (I'm an old man in my 60's), but I have to say – your explanation and examples are the best I've ever seen! Thanks for another great video.

  6. Ray – your gentle style yet enthusiastic work are an inspiration to us all. I feel I know you! I have an afternoon at home today (very rare) so I'm off outside to try some of your other ideas

  7. Thanks Ray – weather is absolutely gorgeous in the UK at the moment – will save this idea for when (inevitably) rain returns – have a great day – off to the beach… it's been a long winter.

  8. Ray it would have been good to get the camera settings. Never the less it's a very good insight into what you can achieve with a bit of imagination. Your link to visart.ca is coming up as unsafe on my computer as the server can't prove who it is.

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