How to Imitate Underwater Photography

Admit it, underwater photographs looks awesome. But as interesting as the photos look, taking photos underwater is challenging. This statement holds true for both the photographer and the model alike. While the model has to pose while holding their breath, the photographer needs specialized protection for their gear. To tackle these issues, photographer Raj Khepar shares his trick to fake underwater photography:

The good thing about faking underwater photography is that you can pay more attention to the placement and the posing of your model. In real underwater conditions, it would be risky. Here’s what you’ll need for the setup:

  • a clear acrylic sheet
  • 4 pieces of wood
  • wood screws
  • duct Tape
  • sealant

The basic idea is to construct a rectangular frame big enough to hold the acrylic sheet using some wood screws. You can then seal the gap between the acrylic sheet and the wood using some sealant. Once the sealant dries over 24 hours, use some duct tape over it for added protection. With the protective film removed from the acrylic sheet, clean it thoroughly, and fill it with water.

setup for fake underwater photography

Using boxes, or just tables and chairs, provide support for the water-filled acrylic structure. Make sure that it has good ground clearance so that your model can fit under it comfortably.

fake underwater photography

You can set up your lighting so that it strikes the model by passing through the water. To do this, either use a continuous light source or a¬†speedlight. If you opt to use a speedlight, you can use a blue gel over it to get a true underwater feeling. You can also use a reflector to ensure that the side of the model’s face away from the light source doesn’t look too dark.

To make the underwater appearance look more convincing, create ripples by moving your hands in the water before taking the images. Also, wet the model’s hair and have them place their shoulders and neck off the ground. To make it appear more authentic, make sure that the floor surface mimics either a sea bed or a pool. Using a blue sheet works well.

fake underwater image

With underwater photography made so convenient, who wouldn’t want to give it a try?

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