I have written this to share my experiences with Water Splash Art. I have tried many methods of doing this and experimented with different ways of discharging the droplets. In this article, I will explain the three methods I have tried, later on, the main thing is to enjoy, it’s fun and be patient, it took me a while and I am still learning and I intend to go further. This is how I set it up I will try to tell you as simply as I can.
First, you will require a small table, on the table put a glass bowl to catch overflow water. In the centre of the glass bowl put a glass flute with a smallest opening you can find. The smallest will give you a bigger splash. Set it up in a place you can darken as you will be using flash. You might also put up a back-drop to give effect to the image.
Now, set up your camera on a tripod, set up the camera as follows.
1) Switch the lens to Manual focus, the reason is you need to focus the lens on the centre of the glass, do this by holding something in the glass and focus in on it.
2) Set the Camera to RAW as you will convert it to JPEG at the editing stage. We do this to get a better and sharper image come editing.
3) Set the Camera to F18 to get the depth of field. The exposure will be longer than the flash duration but that does not matter you will get a good sharp image.
4) Plug in the shutter release remote into the Camera.
5) Fit flash.
Water Droplet Method
Next set up the method of dropping the water. The three possible methods are
1) purchase a Pluto trigger which is expensive and complicated.
2) purchase a large syringe from eBay this I tried first it does work. You will master it practice makes perfect, you hold it about 2ft above the glass and manually operate syringe to release droplets.
3) I purchased a Pluto trigger valve which will release the droplets by touching a button. I found this to be the best way. I set mine up on another tripod as set it up so it hangs over the centre of the glass.
Ready to Shoot Water Splash Art
Now you are ready to try it out you need to practice and timing. Switch it all on, check the droplets fall in the centre of the glass, the higher it is the bigger the splash. Now when you release the water droplets and when it reaches the glass press the camera remote. You will get there its fun.
When you edit the images you have to convert to JPEG, then enlarge and crop the images so you just see the splash or whatever you like to see. Then do a Colour correction and adjust contrast to your taste. Good luck and enjoy.
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My name is James Goble L.B.P.P.A. I am a retired professional Photographer. We were a husband and wife team working under the name Jamena Photography to which I still use. I still do photography for my enjoyment and for others. so please browse my images from my website and enjoy.