Tiarne and I are taking a studio imaging class at uni and this is one of the finals from our “desk” photoshoot tonight. Some of our work + a few artists we love (like Gemma Flack and Mel Stringer) and all the fun eclectic things we both own/that clutter our own desks. We had such a fun time putting this look together.

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Creating splash shots in the studio can be one of the most frustrating and rewarding shoots a photographer can take on. Not only do you have to set up the lights absolutely perfectly, but you have to either have an assistant who you are very much in sync with, or be a genius with a shutter release. You also have to be ready for a lot of mess, and a lot of photographs that will never see the light of day, but are great for a blooper reel.

For these shots, the glasses (filled with water, not alcohol), were set up about three feet directly in front of a 3x4 softbox, with black foamcore cards clipped to either side to create the black rim on the glass and the water. Right above the glass was another softbox, this time a 2x2.

Since I was shooting with strobes, I put my ISO at 100, and my shutter speed as fast as I could make it without seeing the sensor curtain (on my Rebel it was 1/200th of a second, on my 6D it would be 1/160th). I set up my camera about ten feet from the glass and used a 300mm lens. My aperture was at f/14, to make sure everything that came out of the glass was completely sharp. I zoomed in so the glass filled the frame, leaving room for whatever splashes might happen, and accounting for the black cards on the softbox.

It took a few (horribly bad) test shots before my assistant and I got our rhythms connected. I would count down and he would throw the fruit from a few feet away (to maximize splashes!).  Once we realized how cool the shots could look, we got creative by adding food coloring, and throwing the fruit before the color mixed with the water.

Photography by Bex

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Anyone working in studio photography will tell you that glass and metal (any reflective surface, really) is a frustrating challenge like no other. This shot was actually an accident - I was setting up my black cards in front of a 3x4 softbox, and just testing strobe exposure. I was shooting tethered, and wasn’t impressed by this shot at all. The 1x4 softboxes on either side of the glass were too far away and not firing bright enough strobes.

It wasn’t until I looked at it later that I realized how lovely it was. The thin outline of the glass was enhanced in Lightroom by increasing the highlights and dropping down the darks and shadows. I did clean up a few stray reflections in Photoshop, converted it to black and white and there you have it. 

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