Tips for Shooting “The Elements”

The guys at COOPH are doing it again and this time around they have 7 tips/tricks and just general fun ways to take some cool pictures with what they call “the elements” using the new Leica X-U waterproof camera announced today.

So Leica announced earlier today a new version of its X camera (16MP APS-C sensor mirrorless camera with no viewfinder and a build in 23mm f/1.7 lens) called the X-U. It can function up to 15 meters underwater and can stand a 1.2 meter fall – pretty impressive for such a large sensor camera.

They guys from COOPH (an international photography group) decided to do a cool video around this camera with some cool ideas for shooting:1

  1. Powder (sort of like earth) – just blow it into the camera.
  2. Ice (well ice cubes at least) – cool shooting with a mirror.
  3. Fire (have a fire extinguisher near by) – lighter fluid and a mirror
  4. Water – find a little puddle and dip your (waterproof camera) just a little bit.
  5. Wind – this is more like fast turning buy use a merry go round and shoot with a tripod on it.
  6. Bubbles – these are always cool in photographs.
  7. Sparks – Use steelwool with an egg wisk and light it – again be careful and have a fire extinguisher near by.
  8. Under water selfie – hi guys you have already done water!

If you were wondering, the X-U will cost just under $3000.

COOPH are known for having really cool DIY videos. Last year we published many of their videos including 7 Cool and Funky Photography Tips, “6 Cool DIY Photography Gifts that You Can Make Yourself“, 7 Simple DIY Hacks that Will Help you Improve Your Photography and just before that 7 DIY Photography Tips – Using Inexpensive Household Objects – both of which we highly recommend if you are into DIY and photography.

You can also check out many more interesting DIY photography projects here on LensVid.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.


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