How to Make Water Effect Light

I’m going to share with you a technique that I’ve created for how to make water effect light. It’s perfect for those who want the look of a moody environment without all the hassle and expense of renting professional equipment.  I used a sheet of paper, some LED lights, and a tripod to create this effect.

How to Make Water Effect Light

I first tested out the paper by placing it directly next to the LED lamp with the lights off to see how much light would pass through. Please note that not all paper will work as an ideal water filter – if your paper is too thick, then too little light will pass through; this is especially true for cards.

10 Steps to Follow on How to Make Water Effect Light

Step One: The Background

Select a background that will look great for your picture. Make sure to choose a color you think will look good with the lights and water effect. The background should have about the same amount of space as the object you will add-in for this trick to work well. In other words, if you want a rock in your picture, don’t put it in front of a wall that is tiny. Instead, do the opposite, have it barely cover the wall behind it.

The Lights and Water Effect

Step Two: The Object

Choose an object that you would like to be in your picture. Make sure this object will not block the effect of the lights on your water. Also, make sure that this object does not have any gloss or shine to it. You don’t want to put lights over a reflective object because the light will reflect off of it rather than down into it.

Step Three: The Lighting

Take out a black piece of paper and fold it in half once. Cut three holes in the folded paper. Two should be near the ends of it, and one should be about halfway down. Remember, you are trying to make three different drip spots, one for each hole.

Now, when it comes time to put your lights in there, you will need a needle with thread on it to go through the holes without ripping them. You could also use pins, but be very careful if you do.

Step Four: The Water Effect

Take a small jar and fill it with water. Cover the top of the pot with a plastic baggie to ensure no one can see what is inside. Now, poke six or seven holes in the baggie where you will be putting your lights through. Don’t worry about making them too big at this point because you will need to adjust the size later. Make sure your jar is on a flat surface, and try to keep it as still and as level as possible for this step.

Step Five: Putting It All Together

Take your jar and put it on a flat surface. Take a needle with a thread tied to its end and stick the needle through one of your holes in the paper. Push it all the way down until you have just a little bit of thread sticking out from under the paper.

The Lights Through the Top

After that, take your lights and push the lights through the top of your jar until you have one light sticking out of each hole. Try to keep the thread as flat as possible so that no shadows are being cast on your background paper. If you need to, adjust your lights till they are just right.

Step Six: Finishing Touches

Take a black marker and color in some of your lights to make them look real. Just color the section that is inside the jar black. Do this on both sides, and then take a picture!

Step Seven: The Reflection

Take a small bucket of water and place it in front of a wall or something else solid. Make sure there is no way light can reflect off the wall. Now, set the object you are using in front of the bucket and take a picture!

Step Eight: The Distortion

Take some clear plastic wrap and make it into a cone shape. Use tape to hold it together at the top, where there is an opening. Let some water drip down into this funnel for about five minutes before taking a picture. This will help in how to make water effect light.

Does Water Act as a Filter for Light?

Water does act as a filter for light. It absorbs the red color in sunlight, leaving blue colors to pass through it. When fish are seen underwater, they appear very dark because only the blue light from the sky is able to penetrate through the water’s surface.

Water Refract Light

Another example of this can be demonstrated by placing a white sheet of paper out in the sun. The paper will become hot because it absorbs all of the visible light.

How Does Water Refract Light?

Water refracts light. When white light enters the water, the red part slows down more than the blue part. This results in the different colors of white light becoming separated or refracted. The red colors are bent or refracted more than the blue colors. This is how a prism works.

It separates sunlight into its component colors. The white light that comes out of a prism contains all the colors of the spectrum. When light passes from air into water, it changes speed. Since red light has a slower speed than blue light, the colors are refracted at different angles, with red being refracted most sharply.

Frequently Asked Question

How Do You Reflect a Light?

To reflect light, you need to have the light in front of you. You can use a mirror or any reflective surface to do this. If you are outside and it is sunny, then you can use the sun as your source of light.

However, if there is no light around you, then you will need to find something that reflects the light from one place to another.

Does Water Reflect Light?

Yes, it does. How is this possible?

Aluminum Foil Reflect Light

When light strikes a surface that is in contact with water, the light waves are reflected back to the source of the light and also back to the observer. This happens because light can’t travel through liquid water. This principle explains why you can see your reflection in a pool or lake but not when looking at a glass of water from the side.

Can Aluminum Foil Reflect Light?

The reflective properties of aluminum foil can make it appear as if the light is bouncing off the surface. Aluminum foil is typically used for cooking, such as to line baking sheets or to cover food during cooking. Yes, aluminum foil reflects light because of its shiny surface and lack of a coating that would block light from passing through the material.


If you want to make your water effect light, here are some steps for how to do it. First, find a container that is the same size as or slightly larger than your LED lights (smaller containers will cause the illusion of more fluid). Next, turn on one of the LEDs and place it inside the container.

Fill up with enough water to be about 2-3 inches below where the bottom edge would be if not submerged in liquid. Finally, put another layer of clear plastic over the top and seal all edges! The conclusion paragraph should be a list of how to make water effect light in different situations.

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