How many times have seen an image like the one above and wanted to click some for probably your own photo collection or say, just for some fun! Waves, fruits dropped into water bowls, droplets bouncing back from the surface of the water- Splash photographs are things we see a lot of photographers love to click and showcase them as they look spectacular not to forget creative!
They make us feel that they require a lot of finesse and technique apart from highly complex and expensive technical gear however it is not the truth and it is something you can do on your own with your DSLR and some light play!
SOME MATERIALS YOU NEED
- DSLR or Any mirrorless digital camera with flash
- Lights for back lighted and front lighted shots to freeze water effectively
- Dark coloured Base
- Large container to splash into – fish bowl, glass bowl, vase, glass tumbler etc
- Disposable Tracing paper/ butter paper (semi translucent) to diffuse the light
- Object to drop into the water – fruits, tennis ball, ice cubes, small toy fish etc
- Tap water and some towels
- Photoshop for some post photography processing
To get a good splash image it is essential to ensure that the magic of the shutter speed works to its optimum and the aperture is just perfect to get the correct depth of field.
SHUTTERSPEED: 1/200th second
APERTURE: F-11 to f-16 or smaller so as to capture the droplets of water going in all directions!
The most crucial part is, remember the power of the flash! It should not exceed a certain level or else the wholesome nature of the picture disappears.
Preferably the back lighting should be set at a low power (1/64th or 1/128th) and the front lighting so as to not spoil the backlighting effect should be set at probably 1/32nd of the full power! The better is the proportioning of lighting the easier and lesser is your post shoot processing!
- Set your background with the translucent paper and the lighting at its back.
- Place your container on the base and fill it with your choice of liquid
- Set the camera on a tripod (optional) and switch on the lights.
- Go ahead, drop, click and have some fun!
The key to get the perfect splashed moment is your timing! All you need to do is press the shutter momentarily after the object (fruit) has hit the surface of the water so that the splash of water can rise up to a certain level to be captured! When the object breaks the surface of the liquid that is when the real magic happens!
Be patient and keep trying until you get the perfect splash shot!
You can click separate images with the object dropped inside water by holding it inside at a certain specific angle you want it to be and the one with an excellent splash shot and combine the two using Photoshop!
PS: It sounds fancy but it’s just plain layering and some brush work!
FOR SHOOTING OUTDOOR SPLASH IMAGES WITH NATURAL LIGHTING
Want to get messy with some bright coloured water and liquids like milk and paints without messing your room?
Go out in the park or your garden, call your friends and get some crazy splashy pictures with your time freezing skills without having to worry about creating a mess! Just keep in mind to switch on your flash!
BY LUBO MIRKIN
SOME POINTERS TO KEEP IN MIND
- Maintain your focus and be patient
- Fill your container to the brim
- Keep your equipment dry and safe
- Try innovative objects and colourful liquids
- Do not forget to clean up after the mess!
- HAVE FUN!
Written by Shraddha Ghosh for WorldPhotographersClub.com
Cover Photo By SHARON