If you’re looking for a fun photography project this weekend, great times can always be had with lights, camera, and a little water splashing around your studio.
Photographer Mark Richardson gives us a fairly simple tutorial for creating water splash images, particularly those involving a wine glass. Using AlienBees monolights with fast flash duration (not to be confused with high speed sync) and a wireless trigger for his camera, Mark was able to almost effortlessly freeze the liquid in mid air and then composite it with a frame of the empty glass for a final image.
To provide the necessary motion for the photos, Mark manually controlled the glasses, jostling them as necessary to generate fountains of colored liquid. While doing so, he manually triggers the camera via radio remote which wirelessly fires the flash units.
After shooting the images, everything get stitched together in Photoshop.
Of course, feel free to splash a little wine around your place instead water…