4 Fun Ways to Incorporate Water into your Summer images

Aug 11, 2020

Water is one of my favourite elements to infuse into summer images with my children. These types of photos are always fun to capture. I adore the laughter and childhood memories that are made in water. 

Before I share with you my favourite ways in which you can experiment with water in your images, I must mention how you can protect your camera gear from contact with water. The electrical components in a camera do not play well with the splish-splash of water droplets or submersion. For less intense water photographs, I use a rain sleeve to cover my gear. You may also choose to cover your lens with a Ziploc or clear plastic bag for protection from the occasional water drop. For split submersion or submersion water photographs, I use a DiCAPac. I don't spend a lot of time fully submerged in water because the bodies of water I have access to are icy, so a quick dip is about all I can stand. I find the DiCAPac works well for what I need for it to do. Many photographers use underwater housings specific to their camera model for underwater images or use a waterproof camera like a GoPro.  

1. Sprinkler

Cold sprinklers and giggles are always fun to photograph. To make the most out of your joyful sprinkler bokeh filled moments, try backlighting your those water droplets. Sunlight and water are a magical pair. Sprinkler fun can also keep your little subject relatively stationary or at least moderately within the same location. 

ISO 200, 105mm, f2.8, 1/2500SS

2. Water toys

Water gun fights are so much fun, especially for those beloved boys. My son loves popping out from a secret location and drenching me and my camera in a stream of wild water. 

ISO 100, 35mm, f3.5, 1/1250SS

3. At the beach 

Splish and splash are everywhere at the beach. My children run off and play, enjoying their childhood moments while I experiment with my photography. Take this time to capture a few creative images. At the beach, my camera is usually covered by my DiCAPac. The DiCAPac protects my camera from the sand as well as water.

ISO 400, 50mm, f3.5, 1/4000SS

4. Hop in too

The bodies of water up here in Canada, where I live, are not warm. The glacial waters are worth the dip from time to time, though. I love the split view attainable when I'm in the water. It's easiest to capture a divided view image when the water is clear. 

 ISO 100, 35,, f3.5, 1/2000SS

Before summer comes to a close, don't forget to include elements of water fun within your summertime images. It's easy to protect your camera, and I can guarantee you'll come away with fun-filled childhood memories of days filled with laughter. 

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