How To Shoot Portraits With Water

Instructor Ace Noguera

Hey guys, welcome back to another creative photography video where we will teach you how to shoot portraits with water.

In this particular video, we are going to be capturing portraits using water as a tool to get creative. We're going to be using water and most importantly, I am going to go in-depth on some of the difficulties that I ran into in shooting a few of these pictures. Hopefully, that will help you learn from my mistakes - if you will - and allow you to go out and shoot similar images, but way more prepared. So without further ado, let's go ahead and jump into it.

Use Plexiglass For Portraits With Water

In this shot, you can see I am just getting my settings right because as we proceed through the video, I will only be using one hand. And in this shot, you see I'm holding this clear plexiglass up which helps protect the camera against the water, and then I have the model just kind of throw the water at the frame. And in this shot, you can see that we are getting some decent results but not exactly what I want so I decided to put the frame horizontally and try this, I had the model throw the water a little bit more upward and that started to give us a result that I was happier with so I went back to a vertical portrait shot like this and had the model throw the water upright and this was the result. Now we're getting a little bit closer to kind of the ideas that I see in my head. One thing to note here - you can see I pulled the frame away from the camera because it was having trouble focusing and by pulling the frame out, I was able to focus on the model and get this shot.

Creative Portraits Trial And Error

And that is going to wrap up this creative portraits with water photography tutorial. I hope you were able to learn from some of the things that I found difficult in shooting in a situation like this and make it a little bit easier for when you go out and shoot these types of images. Now with that said, thanks for watching, and don't forget that we have a ton of really awesome contests going on over at I will go ahead and link a few down below for you guys to check out and with that said, I will see you all in the next one!


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Ace Noguera
Professional photographer, entrepreneur, jet setter and enjoyer of life. Based in Atlanta.