This is a simple and fun session. It's all about Light and Timing.
Technique Set-up Fishtanks - glass vases & bowls, glasses. For our Splash pics we used a fishtank with flat sides. You can do this with a drinking glass. Place your container/glass safely on a table top. You might need plastic sheet underneath - you certainly need to be in the kitchen or at least somewhere without carpets. Fill tanks close to the top and make sure the front and back sides are very clean. Background Black background roll or card behind the tank/glass
Available Light This is easy to shoot with a fast shutter in good light. If using available light it may be easier to shoot down onto the splash to avoid reflections on the glass Shutter Priority - shutter set to 1/500
Flash Off-camera flash fired with with a remote control trigger. One end of the remote attaches to the flash - the other sits on the hotshoe of your camera. Set the Flash to Manual Mode & dial the power down to 1/16, 1/32 or 1/64 (flash duration is much faster at low power) Place flash on a stand above the water pointing down. Use a small screen attached to the side of the flash head to keep light from the background. Camera Tripod Manual Mode ISO 200 Shutter set at your flash syn speed (usually 1/160th or 1/200th) Aperture F16. (adjust this and ISO to get correct exposure) Zoom in to 55mm and make sure the water line is towards the top of the image Pre-focus and then switch off the AF on side of the lens
Shooting Drop fruit into the water and fire the camera. Practise this - you will need to shoot lots of pictures to get it right. You can shoot at the moment the fruit hits the surface or as it falls through the water with the bubbles rising. Work together to keep the glass clean between shots and take turns to shoot, drop and clean Review Check it's all working by reviewing images and making changes if necessary