Things to do at Home: Make a Splash!

I’ve been wanting to do splash photography (if that’s the proper name for it?) for a while and found myself with some spare time on my day off. I’ve seen some “how to” pages and videos around the internet so thought I’d give it a go!

If you want to try it yourself (I’d definitely recommend it!), here’s what I used:

  • shallow tray
  • water
  • spoon (or pipette)
  • coloured card
  • food colouring
  • camera
  • off-camera flash
  • tripod
  • remote trigger

To set up I positioned the tray with water in at one end of my table and the camera on the tripod at the other and focused at a middle point on the surface of the water. I positioned the off-camera flash near to the tray aiming at the point I was focused at, in the direction of the background. I used some coloured card behind the water tray, which can be moved around to create different coloured backgrounds.

After setting up I made sure I was focusing correctly and set the flash so that it wasn’t over- or under-powered. You’d have to play about with your settings until it looks ok.

Once the setup was right, I basically spent a few hours playing around with the background colours (the colours reflect off the water to give different colour effects) and making loads of splashes with water dropping from the spoon. I also added some food colouring to the water so that the reflections had some extra depth of colour underneath.

The most difficult part was timing the drops and the shutter, a lot of the shots were of calm water; not what I was going for but never mind!

So after an afternoon of splashing about, I got some quite nice shots!







Ok, they’re not the conventional splash photos (sparkling droplets and perfect ripples) but I think there are some really nice effects going on! I’d love to know what you think of them, please add any comments below, thanks!


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