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Shooting a splash or a liquid pour is often associated with high speed strobes. Today we would like to take the complexity out of creating these unique images and will show you that it can also be achieved with a clamp lamp (continuous light source).
Previously, we discussed how to photograph a river landscape where we used a slow shutter speed for a dreamy effect. In this tutorial, we take you to a different side of the extreme and the video above demonstrates how to freeze the movement of liquid.
Image by Robert Grant, the motion of liquid is frozen @ 1000/sec shutter, F6.3, ISO 400
Shutter speed: 1000/sec was just enough to freeze the motion of a pour. Adjust ISO and F-stop for correct exposure. Based on your lighting setup.
Pouring into a round glass: This produced a nice back-splash. A wine glass works well.
Avoid a flood: Cover the floor with plastic and use a large container below your set. Otherwise after 50 tries your house/studio will look like it was hit by a tsunami.
Color: Try Different color liquids, you can use food coloring. Or the actual beverage (wine, beer, milk, etc..). If using red wine we recommend diluting it 50/50 with water so the light will penetrate better.
Image by Robert Grant. 1000/sec shutter, F7.1, ISO 400
Photographing splashes and pours is a magical experience. Images of splashes are fun as a stand alone or can add a drama to any shot. In near future we will produce tutorials about freezing the motion of liquid using a high speed flash. You can sign up for our weekly mailing list to stay updated.
Challenge: “Frozen Moment”
Rules: Create an image where you can freeze the motion of liquid. Be creative and feel free to take it over the edge. Any post processing is permitted. Any light source can be used.
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