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Capture fruit splashing into water

Capture fruit splashing into water - Create a splash and be ready to be surprised with the photographic result.

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At first, the thought of dropping fruit into water doesn't sound all that photogenic but use a fast shutter speed and you'll soon start to produce interesting images.

Fruit in water

Gear
Your standard lens is fine for this you'll also need to get your tripod out and unless you have someone who will volunteer to be your assistant you'll find a cable release handy. You also need a clear container free of marks to hold your water, a reflector or foil, a piece of white paper or something else you can use as a background and a surface near a window where there's plenty of light. It would be handy to keep a cloth to hand and put a sheet on the floor if you don't want your carpets getting splashed.

Technique
When you've found your surface to work on, a window ledge is perfect, put your reflector or silver foil on the ledge and place the tank on top of it. This will bounce light back up into the tank and highlight the fruit. As we don't want a messy background spoiling the shot place your chosen background behind the container, you can fasten it to it if you wish then fill your tank about three quarters full with water. White backgrounds are good but if you want to add a bit of vibrancy to the shot try experimenting with different colours. Fish tanks are a perfect container for this but if you don't want to evict your beloved goldfish any tall container will do.

You need to position your tripod so you don't get any reflections in your shot and also check for shadows as you don't want the fruit to be shaded by the shadow from your hand. Pre focus the camera and set it on continuous shooting to give you more of a chance of capturing the fruit as it splashes into the water. If you want to get the water line in shot try positioning your tripod lower down. That way you'll get the bubbles caused by the movement of the fruit through the water and the splash on the surface.

With your fast shutter speed selected you're ready to try and capture your shot. If you can get someone to help you have them drop the fruit while you control the camera. Start taking photographs just before they drop the fruit into the water. In fact, it might help if you start your exposure then count them down to the drop. You can do this on your own but dropping the fruit and setting the camera off at the right time can take some coordination. It will probably take a few attempts before you get a shot you like so have a cloth ready to wipe down the sides of your container in between takes as you don't want water drops to draw attention to the sides of your box.

To ensure the colour you capture is the colour you keep, use
Datacolor - the Colour Management Experts.

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