These water glass photos are not created in Photoshop. In fact, all photographer Alexandre Watanabe needed to shoot these striking shots was water, two colored plastic sheets, and a little bit of refraction.
If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. The setup looked like this:
And even the gear used wasn’t substantial. Speaking with DIY Photography, Watanabe says he used a Nikon D5100, 50mm f/1.8 lens, and a Nikon SB-800 speedlight zoomed in all the way to create the spotlight and natural vignette.
The final images are, for the most part, straight out of camera. The only editing done in Photoshop was cropping and dust removal because, try as he might, he couldn’t keep the glass clean shot after shot.
To see more of Alexandre’s work, give him a follow on Instagram, Facebook, and 500px. This is just one creative example, but the rest of his still life/product photography is phenomenal as well—great concepts, exceptional execution.
Image credits: Alexandre Watanabe/EvilWata Imagery and used with permission.