Splash Photography: Paul Ellis

So the studio is like an oven – it’s absolutely baking in there and I have to teach some City & Guilds students some special effect lighting. So I thought to myself there must be a way whereby they can learn and I can cool down – and there is. How to photograph splashes using myself as the subject.

Now the important thing to remember is that it is the flash that freezes the water, and not the shutter speed (which is pretty much irrelevant). We blacked out the studio, eliminating all ambient light, positioned some poly-boards and one flash with a small softbox and metered me at 100iso, 1/125, F8. After a few test shots, within five minutes we were done. The students learnt the concept and I had cooled down.

Splash Photography

Paul Ellis
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