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How To Click Better Splash Water Photographs

Published by WPC Official Account on Jul'26,2021

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How To Click Better Splash Water Photographs

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Splash water photography is in trend now, as the world is kept indoors during the pandemic, and it's a very good indoor photography genre. This creative form of photography teaches you a lot of things. Timing is the key to successful splash water photography, and your timing sense gets better the more you practice it. It gives you plenty of opportunities to experiment with lighting too.

Here are the top 3 splash water photography tips for you:- 

 

Know the correct camera settings

 

 

 

If you are a beginner and handling manual mode is difficult for you, you can use the shutter priority mode to let your camera select the perfect aperture for a well-exposed photo. If you want to click a large water splash, choose a shutter speed of around 1/250. But if you are about to shoot a small water droplet from close, keep it at around 1/1000. As a beginner, you would like to use autofocus mode, but keep in mind that manual focus will help you click more accurately, making the photo sharp and clear. Also, if you are shooting with an external flash, start with a shutter speed of 1/125, check how the photo looks, and change the shutter speed accordingly until you get the effect in the photo that you want. As it is always stated, keep the ISO low to avoid grains in your photos. If you select the aperture manually, set it around f/6. If you are using a DSLR, use the mirror lock-up option, if you don't want to use a timer. 

 

Keep the following in mind while shooting 



 

 

The last thing you would want to have while shooting is the camera shake. But it's what commonly happens while clicking the shuttle button. To avoid that, a timer of 5 seconds to get the best instantaneous image of the water splash. Though you might miss the exact desired shot with this technique. To sort this issue out, you can click in burst mode which will produce numerous images in rapid succession, letting you choose the best one. Of course, you will need a tripod for splash water photography. Practice splashing and taking photos many times before the actual shoot. Remember that only after a series of trials and errors, you would be able to capture the perfect splash water shot. If you turn the flashlight on just when the water is splashed, the photo would look much better than with a pre-lit flashlight. Remember to cover your camera with protective plastic (that doesn't hinder shooting of course!), so that it doesn't get damaged when the water splashes. 

 

Work on post-processing 



 

It is a necessary step in splash water photography that you cannot omit. Shoot in RAW format rather than JPEG because that will give you plenty of opportunities for editing. Adjust the exposure so that no shadow remains in the photo. If it contains additional droplets that you don't want to be there in your final photo, remove that using the healing brush tool.  While you can change the background or remove unnecessary clutter while post-processing, it is always advisable to shoot in a clutter-free environment. Also keep in mind to have a solid colored, plain background to avoid distraction from the splash.



Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.


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Splash water photography is in trend now, as the world is kept indoors during the pandemic, and it's a very good indoor photography genre. This creative form of photography teaches you a lot of things. Timing is the key to successful splash water photography, and your timing sense gets better the more you practice it. It gives you plenty of opportunities to experiment with lighting too.

Here are the top 3 splash water photography tips for you:- 

 

Know the correct camera settings

 

 

 

If you are a beginner and handling manual mode is difficult for you, you can use the shutter priority mode to let your camera select the perfect aperture for a well-exposed photo. If you want to click a large water splash, choose a shutter speed of around 1/250. But if you are about to shoot a small water droplet from close, keep it at around 1/1000. As a beginner, you would like to use autofocus mode, but keep in mind that manual focus will help you click more accurately, making the photo sharp and clear. Also, if you are shooting with an external flash, start with a shutter speed of 1/125, check how the photo looks, and change the shutter speed accordingly until you get the effect in the photo that you want. As it is always stated, keep the ISO low to avoid grains in your photos. If you select the aperture manually, set it around f/6. If you are using a DSLR, use the mirror lock-up option, if you don't want to use a timer. 

 

Keep the following in mind while shooting 



 

 

The last thing you would want to have while shooting is the camera shake. But it's what commonly happens while clicking the shuttle button. To avoid that, a timer of 5 seconds to get the best instantaneous image of the water splash. Though you might miss the exact desired shot with this technique. To sort this issue out, you can click in burst mode which will produce numerous images in rapid succession, letting you choose the best one. Of course, you will need a tripod for splash water photography. Practice splashing and taking photos many times before the actual shoot. Remember that only after a series of trials and errors, you would be able to capture the perfect splash water shot. If you turn the flashlight on just when the water is splashed, the photo would look much better than with a pre-lit flashlight. Remember to cover your camera with protective plastic (that doesn't hinder shooting of course!), so that it doesn't get damaged when the water splashes. 

 

Work on post-processing 



 

It is a necessary step in splash water photography that you cannot omit. Shoot in RAW format rather than JPEG because that will give you plenty of opportunities for editing. Adjust the exposure so that no shadow remains in the photo. If it contains additional droplets that you don't want to be there in your final photo, remove that using the healing brush tool.  While you can change the background or remove unnecessary clutter while post-processing, it is always advisable to shoot in a clutter-free environment. Also keep in mind to have a solid colored, plain background to avoid distraction from the splash.



Written by Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC.