“Photography is fascinating and now I can say that it is not just my hobby. It is part of my life,” were the words of 36-year-old Bulgarian photographer Ivelina Blagoeva. But, her photography subjects are not those we traditionally associate with the industry. Rather than people or places or gorgeous sunsets, Ivelina chooses to focus on macro photography, bringing to life organic elements in beautiful color and detail while lighting her subjects in a very simple fashion.
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.
If you thought shooting beautiful water droplets is hard, how about shooting a water droplet colliding with a pellet?
Does not sound too trivial, right? At the end it has to do a lot with timing. In addition to you need to time the strobe and droplet, now you also need to time the pellet.
Maurice Ribble of CameraAxe did an entire walkthrough on how to make such magic happen in the video below. It is not a fast pace polish video, but rather a very meticulous detailed explanation and fine details on how the entire contraption works and how to make one yourself.
If you’ve had any experience with shooting liquids, you know that there are some tricks for enhancing the shape of the drop. Some additives will even make your drops piss on the bowl.
If you are planning on shooting water splashes* one of your primary concerns is flash duration. Usually when shooting high speed, you set your camera to bulb and shoot in complete darkness. When you want to take the photo, you pop the strobe. This makes the flash duration (actual time the flash emits light) act similarly to shutter speed – the longer the flash duration is, the more motion blur you’d get**.
Alex over at Photigy took four strobes to the test, ranging in price and specs to see how they stand up to freezing a water splash. A low res crop of the splash is posted right under the jump with our the name of the strobe which made it. See if you can match the photo to the strobe before watching the film or reading the full post over at Photigy.
Norwegian Photographer Ronny Tertnes has a way with water. While his camera is pretty basic: Canon EOS 7D + 100mm f/2.8L macro lens and a couple of strobes. Combined with the Splash art drip kit and a vast knowledge of manipulating liquids, Ronny takes photos that make water seem as easy to manage as clay.