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By cattyal  
ok it's not perfect but it's only my 2nd go with the Triggersmart system. Ok, technically 3rd go as I tried earlier this evening - failed dismally and then determined not to fail I went back and tried again.

I did rather better this time and hopefully will do better next time!

Tags: General Water drop Food dye Triggersmart

Voters: 213hardy, Derek_Fearn, Irishkate and 21 more

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Irishkate 12 45 121 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 9:35PM
Good shape - no doubt we'll see many more as you progress.
kel55 10 8 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2013 10:38PM
great water shape , not an expert by any stretch , but think you will get sharper images if you use an aperture setting of about f16. nice shot
ColinEJ 16 21 17 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 12:59AM
Your first water splash images are quite special, but as you get used to the equipment and refine your technique, major improvement come quite quickly.

I am not familiar with the Triggersmart unit, as I use the SplashArt system, but here are a few tips which may help:

Use your flash off-camera, manual, 1/64 power, distance 4 - 6 inches. Freezer bag over the flash for protection. The lower the flash peer, the faster the flash and you need fast flash to freeze the action.
Use an aperture of f16, especially if you are looking to capture collisions.
Have the drop tank around 600 - 750mm higher than the catch tank. The catchtank should be at least 50mm deep to allow for reasonable height tendrils.
Small movements (and I mean very small) of the controls to walk the shot in to what you want. Only move one control at a time until you fully understand what it achieves. Moving more than one just gets very confusing.
Expect to take between 400 - 600 shots to get a reasonable usable selection. That is half a day to a full days shooting.
Try using milk, it is a little more controllable.
Add 5% Glycerine to thicken up water.
If you want collisions, you will need a drop rate of around 10 drops per second.

Hope that helps. Smile
AnnChown 13 207 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2013 8:07AM
Look forward to seeing more. Some excellent tips from Colin above!
cattyal Plus
17 9.2k 6 England
12 Mar 2013 8:38AM
Thanks everyone - early days yet and admittedly I was getting very similar, if not better pics when I used to fire the camera by hand and judgement. That said using the Triggersmart system does leave that aspect out of the equation and enable me to think about drip rate etc so hopefully progress will be made.

Thanks for your tips Colin - very helpful Smile

I was just using the studio light last night as I was, as usual, a bit short of time and am damned if I know where the flashgun is - I'll see if I can find it this evening.

It didn't help that at one point I accidentally switched the system over to sound activated - it all went a bit nuts for a while Smile I need to sort some time this weekend to settle down and get to know the controls properly - an hour in the evening after work really isn't long enough! Roll on hometime........
kaybee 18 8.5k 27 Scotland
12 Mar 2013 11:00AM
Well I think it is pretty damned good.

I assume that the trigger system was one of your purchases at Focus.
cattyal Plus
17 9.2k 6 England
12 Mar 2013 11:08AM

Quote:Well I think it is pretty damned good.

I assume that the trigger system was one of your purchases at Focus.

Ta Smile

Yep - I went to Focus with two items on my list - the Triggersmart and a new macro lens. I had to cut back on the macro lens and got the Sony instead of the Sigma (considerably cheaper) but it does the job for now.

It was more important for me to have a new challenge......

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