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Splashing juice/water shots
« on: November 13, 2009, 01:54:03 PM »
I am working on a project for class that will be a print ad.  We need to use our own photography and my product is a spill-proof cup so my ad will feature a "tidal wave" of juice and I am trying to figure out the best way to shoot this.  I want a white background so I can drop it into a kitchen background with photoshop.  I was going to use water with food coloring for the "juice" but what would be the best way to set up this shot with minimal supplies?

Something like this but not in the cup just flying through the air.

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Re: Splashing juice/water shots
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 06:20:05 PM »
I would set up the cup with juice in a completely darkened room. Place the cup on something that can "catch" the spill. Put the whole set up in front of a white linen bedsheet or white piece of paper. Set one flash up so that  is is directd onto the background- make sure there is enough space between the cup and the background. Ste another flash so that it will illuminate the onbect from the front. Put your camera onto a tripod. The flash that is directed onto the background needs to be either seet up in wireless mode (i.e. two Sony flashes) or you need to attach a slave cell to it so that it will be triggered by the onboard flash.
Make sure the camera is set to manual focusing ad the wb to daylight or flash- not AWB. While the light is on- focus on the middle of the cup by placing a spoon in it. Once this is done- turn the light off. Drop an icecube into your cup and then trigger the camera with a remote control. It will be a bit trial and error- so be prepared to do this a couple of times until you get the right moment.
Look at these two threads to see more about how to trigger wireless flashes:

http://www.dynaxdigital.com/index.php/topic,9132.0.html

http://www.dynaxdigital.com/index.php/topic,7573.0.html

Here some examples of mine- they are by far not perfect:






I am sure others will jump in with some more tips.
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Re: Splashing juice/water shots
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009, 08:44:06 PM »
Thanks for the tips!!  I will try and get it setup sometime in the next week or so.

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Re: Splashing juice/water shots
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2009, 02:07:23 PM »
Well I think I am going to go in another direction with a similar concept.  I want to try and shot a perspective shot of a child reaching for a bowl or glass and the liquid spilling down on them.  What would be the best way to shoot something like this?  Would I need to get a piece of plexi-glass and have the camera under that as I pour it and shoot?  Should I shoot the bowl/glass empty and then add the liquid in photoshop? 

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Re: Splashing juice/water shots
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2009, 02:14:21 PM »
Hmm... the more you can do before the camera and the less you can do in photoshop is generally better. That's my current philosophy, but there are others who have a different view.
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Re: Splashing juice/water shots
« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2009, 04:48:43 PM »
What would you suggest for the perspective of liquid about to splash down on the camera itself.

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Re: Splashing juice/water shots
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2009, 05:02:51 PM »
Well if you want to do the last version than I would put the camera on a tripod under a large sheet of glass and pour the water onto the glass instead of onto the camera ;) It's certainly a bit trial and error but than usually these kind of shots always are.
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Re: Splashing juice/water shots
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2009, 06:27:38 PM »
That's what I was thinking, I will have to get some plexi-glass I suppose.  -Thanks!

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Re: Splashing juice/water shots
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2009, 09:27:13 PM »

oooh, I like the sound of that - make sure you share your results!