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Motion photography is the art of capturing movement. As a result, the pictures become less static and more unpredictable as a result of the storytelling element. Another reason that movement sticks out is that it creates a mood. Experimenting with high-speed photography with water splashes is very fun.

Coca Cola : The splash of water is intended to wake you up.

But that’s just one possibility. Almost any liquid can be used with the same setup. Adding a few drops of food colouring to the water have a significant impact on the images and give some variety to the work. Any competent camera will suffice, though for optimal results, a DSLR or mirrorless camera with a good lens is recommended. (I used a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens at 200mm and shot from a distance.) Use a tripod whenever possible; it will make focusing and framing ten times easier.

Oreo : Milky splash

The secret to excellent splash photography, like with any fast-moving subject, is to use an exposure time short enough to completely freeze the motion. Ideally, it should be around 1/8000 of a second.
The image sensor is exposed to light for a shorter period of time when the shutter speed is faster; the image sensor is exposed to light for a longer period of time when the shutter speed is slower. If you’re capturing a moving subject, different shutter speeds will produce varied results.

Splatter : Every splash creates ripples soon water calms

Photography of water droplets Waterdrop photography is a type of macro photography that captures the movement of water drops in a tub of water. Combining them with an off-camera flash will get the best results. It’s a popular style that you may try at home. Set your camera to manual mode and focus on the spot where your droplets will hit the water.

Slosh : Dive in make a splash

Put your finger in the water to help you focus. For enough depth of field, use a fast shutter speed (about 1/200th of a second) and an aperture of f4-f5.

All the photos and text in this post are copyright of Renjith S Pillai, Kollam Kerala, Creative Hut Institute of Photography. Their reproduction, full or part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.

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