As many of you might know, I had fun with the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017). It’s a phone that I genuinely had ideas on how to take advantage of its features to do something new. Today, I’m going to show you what I  did with the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2017) – underwater photography.

Now, hear me out here. Underwater photography is experimental. I just tried it with whatever I can find in the house, and manipulate the effects created. In fact, I don’t think that calling it “underwater photography” is the correct definition – more like “surface-level water photography” at best. I don’t even know what sort of end result I will be creating – but I’m glad to be able to share my journey with you. Take a look at it here.

It’s rather simple. I took advantage of the 16MP rear-facing camera with an aperture of f/1.9 and its water-resistance to take these photos. With the right amount of water and the right geometry of the container, I was able to take these stunning photos with everyday objects.

Firstly, I took a salad bowl. This is a cone-shaped salad bowl which just elongated everything. A rather cheeky effect, I’d say. Do this to your selfies and I’m sure you’ll get lots of comments.

Underwater Photography with Samsung Galaxy A7 (2022)
I dipped the Android figure in water beforehand to create that “out of the pool” look too.

Next up, I used a transparent plastic box. I didn’t think that it would be sealed nicely, and luckily it didn’t leak. Taking pictures with this box is pretty fascinating. I added a few droplets of water on the outer wall of the container to give it that aquarium look, and it turned out nicely.

Underwater Photography with Samsung Galaxy A7 (2022)

But that’s not enough. If you’ve heard of  Snell’s Law or came across on how mirages are formed, then this is pretty much the same concept. With the transparent container rotated, I was able to make the Galaxy A7 (2017)’s camera shoot out the center of the seam, creating this effect.

This effect is certainly something that you can’t find elsewhere. It reflects the image, but the water droplets on the wall of the container are not reflected. They stay independent!

You can even have the camera positioned at the same level of the water surface to create some even more effects too. I have no idea what all these effects are called, by the way.

Underwater Photography with Samsung Galaxy A7 (2022)

At certain angles, the subject can have half of its body hidden too. This, again, creates another effect that only these cameras which are capable of doing underwater photography is able to do.

Underwater Photography with Samsung Galaxy A7 (2022)

At this point, I believe that if you have more fancy-looking containers and whatever that is transparent and can hold water without leaking, you got yourself a unique picture filter. It’s definitely an experiment I thought would be boring, but turned out to be something eye-opening to a whole new world of creativity.

Have you gotten yourself a Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) or Galaxy A7 (2017) yet? They both have the same 16MP f/1.9 camera and they’re both water-resistant too!

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