How To Create The Perfect Milk Splash In The Studio

Jun 25, 2015

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!

How To Create The Perfect Milk Splash In The Studio

Jun 25, 2015

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!

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Last week I made an article about How To Create the Perfect Outdoor Milk Splash, so this is the Part 2 of that article and how to do it indoors or inside the studio using a flash.

What you will need

Milk splash (12)

First off, I prefer using a speedlight when doing high-speed photography because I use a Cheap Branded Studio light which has a slow duration and can’t really stop the motion of the droplets. If you’re using a high end studio strobe (see comparison here) you may get faster flash duration so you can use that, sadly, this is not an option for me. Speedlights it is.

Using my cheap studio strobe
Using cheap studio strobe
Using speedlights
Using speedlights

What you will do:

1. Start off with setting a table, move it at least 6 feet away from the background. (This will help with reducing the spill of your main light to your gelled background). Place the gelled speedlight at the back pointing at your background. I was using a white seamless paper for the background and was playing around with different colored gels.

Milk Splash Setup (3)

2. Next is your main light, place another speedlight left or right of your subject.

Milk Splash Setup (4)

As you can see I was getting some spill from my main light and that was hitting my background and washing my colors, so I placed a black illustration board to flag the light from hitting the background.

Milk Splash Setup (6)
Flagging the main light

3. Place a reflector on the opposite side of your main light to fill the shadows a bit. I placed my small DIY reflector to the left of the subject.

Milk Splash Setup (5)
Small reflector for fill

4. The trick with stopping the motion of droplets inside the studio has nothing to do with shutter-speed. The blur is controlled by the flash duration of the strobe. My shutter was set at 1/160 (which is my highest sync speed) and was shooting at ISO 200 f4.5. Both My speedlights were at 1/4 power.

Milk Splash Setup (1)

5. Place the camera on a tripod and shoot. Remember to pre-focus on the subject and move to manual before you start. Now, you just need to click the shutter at the right moment. My speedlight isn’t capable of shooting a burst so I was shooting a single shot and cleaning the spilled milk after each shot.

Milk Splash Setup (2)
Final Setup
The carrot which I used to drop on the milk
The carrot which I used to drop on the milk

Final Output

Milk splash final (3)

Milk splash final (4)

To add a small twist, I used my favorite lighting trick, the El Bokeh wall as background

Milk Splash Setup (8)

Milk splash final (1)

And to finish off… here are some trivial Composite Technique for high speed photography

milk splash composite

Milk splash Final

 

Now it is your turn…. show us your best splash shots.

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Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock

Laya Gerlock is a Portrait and Product photographer based in the Philippines. His passion is teaching and sharing his knowledge in Photograpy and has been doing this for 6 years. You can follow his work on his web page, follow him on Flickr and if you happen to come by Cubao, Quezon City (To Manila, Philippines) he gives a great workshop!

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One response to “How To Create The Perfect Milk Splash In The Studio”

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    Ian Boys

    marvellous, thanks!