This week, our theme was “water”. Our followers showed us so many fun underwater images and other images incorporating puddles and water spray. I’ve compiled some of my favorite images and tips from the week to share with you here. Several are also are self-portraits with the kids, which is awesome. Take a few minutes to read the tips here on the blog, then go check out these ladies on Instagram to see more of their great work!

– Kelley K (@kelleykphoto)


Leslie wrote: I sat on this random cement block in the sand and crossed my fingers my gear wouldn’t get splashed and waited for the boys to splash in the sets. Shot with a 50mm ISO 500 f/6.3 1/3200 edited with vsco in Lightroom and upped the clarity and vibrance .

The narrow aperture (6.3) and increased clarity allowed for such awesome detail in the splash! And the colors look terrific – that increased vibrance really made the water and sky pop!


Emma wrote: We were on holiday when I took this, on the beach on a beautiful late afternoon. The tide was out so there were enormous puddles everywhere and they were lit up by the bright blue sky – it was crying out for a reflection image … and as anyone who follows me knows, I am slightly obsessed with reflections! So I was right at the opposite edge of the pool and crouched as low as I could go to get a good vantage point. I had my camera on live view so I could hold it even lower, just above the water. I metered for the reflection of the blue sky as this was the important part of the image, and I wanted the sand to be quite dark and act as a frame around the reflection. The water was slightly rippled in the breeze, so rather than try to focus on my daughter’s reflection, I focused on her feet instead, et voila! I don’t do much in post, so this is pretty much as it was, I just added a bit of contrast and deepens the blues …

Such great tips for mastering reflection shots. Metering for the sky in the reflection allowed for such great tones and detail to be retained. 


Amy wrote: Top three tips: 1) cut yourself A LOT of slack 2) get yourself a good swim mask 3) don’t be confined to the traditional ‘rules’ of photography…underwater is its own beast and should be seen as almost anything goes (in my opinion ✌)

I love the tips about just letting go of the rules and cutting yourself slack in underwater photography. Also, a good swim mask makes a huge difference!


Vironica wrote: I use an Ikelite housing with my Canon 5D Mark iii and 35mm lens. Underwater images tend to have a lot of green and they usually look muddy SOOC. The first thing I do when editing my underwater images is add warmth, red, contrast, and clarity.

Such great processing tips for underwater photography from Vironica here! 


Tori wrote: I was out around 6pm and the girls were playing in the water hose. My daughter had perched herself perfectly in a big shadow with the sun setting almost directly behind her and that building behind her. I ran inside to get my camera…She was playing with the water and I had my camera up to my face, finger on the shutter, waiting for a perfect moment. She directed the water toward me and I clicked this off in an instant before having to tuck my camera under my arm to shield it from the water (it still got a tiny bit wet ). My settings were ISO100 f1.8 1/2500 and I shot it with my 85mm 1.8.

A wide aperture and long lens combined with the fast shutter speed to make such amazing water bokeh in this image! (And some serious bravery for getting in front of the hose, of course.)


Monica wrote: I am using the Olympus tg 4. What I like to do is ask my kids to swim in the brightest parts of the pool & keep away from shadows/darker areas . I think this helps a lot with the loss of clarity & nicer colors. If it’s close to sunset, you also might get some cool rays of light coming through the water. I start my edits in LR and add a lot of magenta and yellow, pull down blacks and up the contrast. I also like to play with the HSL panel to get pretty blue water and fine tune skin tones a little.

Beautiful colors in this image! I love the tips about where to shoot for best light and how to process underwater images.

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