Essential Equipment for Photographing Water Splashes

Essential Equipment for Photographing Water Splashes

Water splash photography can produce extremely stunning images. This photography technique involves excellent timing—and sometimes a bit of luck—to achieve, but it is well worth the effort as it helps you master your photography skills.

High-Quality Camera

For water splash photography, you need a configurable camera to enable you to capture in milliseconds. Cameras with lower quality such as most digital cameras and smartphones, will most likely create shots of water in movement, but usually with blurry images.

Macro Lens

Any professional camera lens will do, but if you really want to produce the best results, it would be a good idea to use an actual macro lens. Besides the fact that you can shoot from a shorter working distance, it gives those sharp zoomed shots of water droplets that look computer-generated or picture-perfect.

Camera Timer or Remote Shutter

Alongside using faster shutter speeds, you can create sharper images if you delay the shutter—automatically after some seconds with a  manually remote shutter or built-in timer—to reduce internal vibrations.

Light Source

Just like every other photography style, water splash photography requires ample lighting that will adequately expose the water. You’ll need one light source at least that you can control, like a softbox, an external flash,  or other light sources.

Camera Tripod

Besides a shutter release, you’ll definitely need a tripod to avoid holding your camera. You obviously need your hands for the shutter, and what you will drop into the water to form the splash.

Liquid, Container, and Other Object

These are essential elements for your shot. You will need your preferred container; a glass or a bowl, choice of liquid; water or coloured liquids or both, and an item that you’ll be dropping into the liquid to form the drip or splash.

Nicholas Jansen