How to shoot fine art photographs at home


Follow our simple 5 step guide and start shooting your own fine art photographs in the comfort of your own surroundings

blue and red paint splatter
Abstract Photographic Art

Create a simple home studio set up and start shooting your own abstract fine art photographs. Ideal for expanding your photographic portfolio, you could even print your final pictures to hang on the wall or give them aways as great artisitc Christmas gifts!

Follow along with our 5 simple steps below and create a fantastic abstract print like ours. Check out the kit list below before you begin.

Good quality camera with remote shutter release



Large piece of white card

Clear glass or plastic tank filled with water

Acrylic paint

Step 1

Place your water filled glass tank on a flat surface and stick a large piece of white card on the wall behind it. Ensure there are no scratches, marks or fingerprints on the glass before you begin as this will help save time editing in post-production.

Step 2

Now set your camera up on a tripod and frame your glass tank within the viewfinder. To keep shots professional, avoid framing the edges of the tank by zooming in or moving the camera closer to the glass.

Step 3

Select your cameras shutter priority mode and set your shutter speed up at around 1/250sec or higher if you are using a speedlight flash. If however you don’t have a speedlight, set your tank up in a bright naturally lit room with a faster shutter speed of around 1/500sec. You could even work in your camera’s continuous burst mode.

Step 4

Prevent flash glare on the front of the glass by rotating your speedlight’s flash head up at a 45-degree angle. This will bounce and diffuse the flash light first so it fall more flatteringly on the glass and subject.Now set your camera up to respond to your remote shutter release.

Step 5

Begin pouring the paint into the water filled tank and release the shutter. Once the flash has recharged, continue to shoot so you never miss a shot. After a while the water will become cloudy with paint, simply pour the water away and begin again to get more frames.

Why not try shoting other liquids too such as milk or food colouring.  The heavier the liquid the more impressive the results will be. Once you have finished photographing you can begin editing your final images in Photoshop.

For more creative fine art photography ideas, check out DP’s video workshop, where we show you how to also shoot fast moving fruit artistically and bright coloured pencils in lemonade.

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