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Liquid and Splash Hi-Speed Photography with Speedlites

Video Introducing this tutorial

Part 1: Introduction & Theory :

Introduction to Liquid & Splash Photography :
is a brief introduction to the webinar which was shot live. Here the basics of the kind of equipment that you will need to shoot liquid and splash photography.

The Theory of Lighting :
Now looks at how you can use hi-speed lighting to capture liquid splash photography. You will see what kind of lights work best based on their short flash duration which is what is needed to capture the high speed motion that you get with moving liquid.

X-Sync Shutter Speed and its Relation to Hi-Speed Photography :
X-Sync is the fastest speed in which the shutter of a camera can open fully and remain open to capture an image. Any faster and the curtain is in the frame. This video demonstrates this issue.

Hyper (Hi-Speed) Sync Explained :
Here looks at triggers that use hyper sync to imitate the triggering of the strobe unit. Here you will see the benefits and limitations of these units.

Different Types of Flash (Strobe) Studio Lighting :
Examines other types of lighting solutions that you can use for capturing splash photography. Speed lights are not covered here since they will be used during the remainder of this webinar.

Part 2: Practical Work in Studio :

Creating Waves :
Will show you how to use a fish tank to create liquid effects. Here you will learn how to work with waves, light, and the capturing of moving water.

Troubleshooting - and More Waves :
Answers some lighting questions on working with waves as seen in the prior video.

Using Colored Liquid in Product Photography :
Now places a product into the aquarium shot along with adding color to enhance the look. You will see how to secure the object placement as well as getting water movement to complete the look.

Creating Underwater Product Images :
Continues the lesson in producing a wave based images. Here you will see how to shoot fruit or vegetables underwater as well as shooting a flower underwater to get the small bubbles on the petals.

Creating and Shaping Splashes :
Now gets into creating splashes in the studio. Here you will see about setup and protection of equipment as well as the rest of your environment. You will see about the use of a trigger system, the basics of creating simple splashes, and the use of different containers to .

Milk Splash Product Shot :
Here you will learn that if you want to get a quality milk splash shot you will need to use a diluted glue mixture. While you can learn more about this in the course materials, this is done mostly for the consistency that using a glue base can give. In this lesson you will see how to create milk styled shot on a bottle.

Advanced Techniques of Shaping a Splash :
Explores additional techniques for creating splashes. By using different containers and colors you will see how to produce different looks.

Bonus: Tips and Tricks for Creating Awesome Splashes :
Gives some additional ideas for creating splash work.

Final Words and Conclusion :
Finishes up the webinar portion of this training.

Part 3: Mastering Splash Masterclass :

Splash Photography Masterclass - Part 1 :
Covers the technical aspects of splash photography including the basics of what it takes to stop action in mid motion to get clear looking shots.

Splash Photography Masterclass - Part 2 :
Now looks at the different techniques for creating splash images.

Splash Photography Masterclass - Part 3 :
Examines how to shoot a product using splash techniques. In this case a bottle of perfume using a green background.

Splash Photography Masterclass - Part 4 :
Finishes up this master class by creating a splash image of yogurt and strawberries with a milky splash technique using a diluted glue mixture.

Part 4: Post-Production :

Shaping and Modifying Splashes in Photoshop: Snail Image :
Here you will see how an image of a snail was constructed from splashes that were created in the webinar. These are manipulated and put together inside of Adobe Photoshop.

Liquid Wave: Cleaning a Liquid Image in Photoshop :
Now shows how to clean up and make ready a liquid wave shot that was created in the webinar.

Compositing Product Image: Milk and a Bottle of Shampoo :
This video now shows you how to create the shot that was created during the webinar using the glue based liquid as milk.

Part 5: Bonuses: - with Genia Larionova :

The Making of Godiva Milk & Chocolate Image :
Here you will see both the setup of the Godiva bottle as well as the lighting setup. A second video shows the making of the splashes using two mixtures - one of glue and one with brown latex paint added in.

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