Fruit Plunge Tutorial

(Posted: 2010-05-28)

Time for another quick photo tutorial. The photos belonging to the series below are some of my best-selling shots. So I'd like to share with you how these photos were taken.


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As pointed out in one of my earlier blog posts, I'm a big fan of the strobist approach to lighting. Without the help provided by Strobist, I probably never would have been able to take a lot of the photos on my website.

The fruit plunge photos are all about freezing the action using small flash strobes, which can be purchased very inexpensively on eBay. The flashes are controlled using small wireless RF flash triggers, which I also bought on eBay. This means that all settings needs to be set up manually on the flash units, which may sound horrible if you're used to shooting fully automatic, but it's actually really good fun.

So all I did for these shots was to position one flash at 45 degrees to the left of a large glass vase, one flash at 45 degrees to the right of the vase. The camera was set up on a tripod right in front of the vase. The vase was filled with water such that the water line is at the same height as the camera.

I then simply switched the camera to continuous shooting mode (6.5FPS), and kept taking photos at the same time as dropping the fruits into the water. It's important to clean the vase after every fruit because drops building up on the side of the vase can be very annoying in post-processing. So save yourself some post-processing time by drying the vase over the water-line after every go.

And that's all there is to it really! If you have any questions, let me know! I think I'll take some more fruit pictures now - they look refreshing and summery!

Fabian


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