This past weekend, I played with these little gel-like clear balls that we’ve had for a few weeks now sitting and waiting to be photographed. That gel has exactly the same refraction that water has, meaning they become completely invisible in the water.
Eventually I had time to play with this prop, just to make sure it will look as I had expected.
I was simply dropping them into a very shallow water for this image.
Below are non-manipulated images, directly from camera RAW. Only WB and some color tint were changed in ARC.
Liquid splash photography
The one below was captured using color gel
The lighting setup is very simple:
Black glass with kids play dough on edges to keep the water on it; stripbox from top and a diffuser on the back, highlighted by the strobe.
A position of stripbox was essential since the picture was changing dramatically if I move it behind, directly on top or slightly in front of the water balls. You can see the different reflection on the images above.
As you see, I was using PCB Einsteins. Love them
Now we’ll need to think on how we can use these gel balls; they can be a very interesting prop for my liquid and product photography.
This is the gel balls, got them from Michael’s craft store. The only top layer is visible, the rest is covered with water.
Lighting, light modifiers and accessories:
Exposure specification: shutter speed 1/200 sec, F13, ISO 100
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