2013. május 1., szerda

34/52 Splash of Fashion

The good old days are back! I’ve drenched my studio in food coloring again! I haven’t done any splash photography for nearly a half year and it’s good to be back. Good to be knee-deep in food coloring, being angry when you miss the shot the hundredth time and especially good when you finally make THE SHOT.


I had this idea for ages, but I only built a suitable background for these types of shots a month or two ago (yes, it’s not a misspelling, I built a background, you can read more about that here: Cheap photo background), then later I saw a tutorial from Phlearn, where they mixed a fashion shoot with high-speed photography, but they where using a ton of fancy equipment, like a pretty expensive high speed trigger and strobes that are alone worth more than my entire kit 5 times.


So I went my usual way, nothing fancy, just two lights plus patience and good timing as a trigger and it worked just as well as a 500 dollar super-gadget. The main problem was not catching the splash, but catching the splash when my model had a good facial expression. Since my model is not trained to do this (she is my sister), for example I had to instruct her to open her eyes more, because she felt like they where fully opened, but in the camera she looked like she was squinting, so I told her to “overdo” it, open her eyes as wide as she can, and then I managed to get a good picture with normal size eyes (she thought they where huge until I showed the picture to her).


Splashing around in a room is not the wisest idea, but this time I had a mop ready, and believe me, I had to use it a lot. All in all, it was a very fun shoot, though it took a lot longer than planned… Lesson learned: never expect to finish fast with high-speed photography.


Lighting was very easy, as a main light camera right I used my huge DIY V-card (don’t know what a V-card is? Head over to my V-card blogpost, where I show how to build one as well as how to use it: V-Cards) and added a 24” softbox behind my subject camera left to light up the liquid in the glass and give a bit of a rimlight too.

Settings for the shot:
Exposure: 1/160 sec
Aperture: F8
ISO: 100
Focal length: 50mm
Camera: Canon 40D + EF 50mm F1.8

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