Splash Photography Technique – No Flash needed



hello I'm Robert grant and welcome to learn my shot comm well today we're going to do an image of liquid in motion we're going to pour some liquid into a glass and catch the action of the liquid flying out of the glass and stop the action let me show you what I mean well here's a video of our final image in slow motion you can see the water going into the glass and splashing around and as it comes out we freeze the motion so let's go over to this set and see how it's done well here we have a glass taped to a boom stand our camera set in front we're using a roll of vellum between the light and our glass and our light source is a 100 watt halogen outdoors spotlight in a clamped lamp okay let's go over our camera settings we're using manual and at manual will we get our cursor right in the middle indicating a correct exposure it says one one hundredths of a second at f5 and we're at ISO 100 we also using the camera on continuous so as you press the shutter it fires rapid-fire so as we pour the liquid it's going to catch as many frames in a row as possible getting the different amounts of spill that are happening in the glass so I'm using a little bucket of water here was a standard measuring cup okay and as we pour we just hold the shutter down there we go so let's take a look at that exposure well that's not bad for a start but let's make some adjustments to this well I think we could use a little more drama so I'm going to close down to one two hundredths of a second which is twice as fast and I'm going to go to F 6.3 again we pour and fire rapid fire there we go let's take a look at that well that's much better the exposures better my poor is even better but let's try a couple more things so that's not so bad but I really want to try to freeze the motion of the water in the glass a little more so we're going to go to one one thousandth of a second and stay at iso 400 and go to two f7 to give us a hair more depth of field I think we can handle it exposure wise so here we get a little bit of water hand on the shutter let's have a look at that well that's much better going to one thousandth of a second really helps freeze the motion of the water well I think we've got the final exposure and we've got the action of the water frozen nicely so we're ready to start shooting some pictures the last thing I going to do though is I'm going to add some blue food coloring to the water just to give it some color so we're just going to drop this in the bucket down there give it a little color and on the shutter here we go that's gonna be nice let's take a look at that that looks great I love the blue color of the water I think it adds interest in dimension in the liquid let's have a slow-motion look at what we're doing so as the camera is firing it's catching and stopping the motion of the water then edit through your exposures and pick out your favorite one you well this is my favorite image from our shooting today I think the splash is very interesting the motion is great and I just love it you'll be amazed at all the different variations that will happen well thanks for watching and I hope you give this one a try is a lot of fun and look for us again at learn my shot calm

25 Replies to “Splash Photography Technique – No Flash needed”

  1. I am a 14 year old beginning in photography. I don't have the money for backdrops, lights, or anything professional. I just have a canon powershot sx20 IS. Does anyone have any tips on how to tKe great photography like this without that stuff? Iam too toung to get a job where I live and I live ohotography, but there are so many things that can't do

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