What do you need for a bubbly shot?A rectangular glass (vase or container), a piece of Styrofoam, needle, magnifying glass, Alka-Seltzer tablets, water, and paper towels to clean up. And yes, something to take a picture of.
Cut the Styrofoam a slightly bigger than a bottom of your glass. That should keep it in place at the bottom of a glass. However, in my case, the strawberry turned out to be too heavy (and too big) for the Styrofoam and the glass I used, so I turned it upside down and secured it in place with a magnifying glass and a wooden stick. I used the food stick to secure the orange slice in place as well. In the orange photo, the sharp end of the stick (you cannot see it here) is secured in place by a larger piece of the Styrofoam.
Once you have secured your item in place, pour the water into the glass/vase/container. I usually dissolve a tablet of Alka-Seltzer in a separate glass and than pour it in. If you’d like more bubbles (or a bubbly motion) while you are taking photos, carefully slide a ½ of the tablet into the glass.
You don’t have to use Alka-Seltzer if you don’t have it handy. You could use a Sprite or some other beverage but have in mind that those drinks are sweet and therefore sticky which could be pretty messy.
Generally, the longer you let your item soak in the water, the bigger bubbles you get.
I always set up my space for bubbly photos before I pour water into the glass, including tripod and camera settings. That way I can start shooting immediately. Now, proceed to take photos like this. Once you are done, edit the photo and remove the needles or sticks that might be in sight. My items were pretty big and the glass was not big enough to get the effect I had with a bubbly bug photo so I decided to turn these photos into a sparkling beverage photos.
Now, get a bubbly shot and come back to show it or send me an email with a link to your shot and I will publish it on my blog as well.
The white and black version of the orange photo looks like this: