Live Workshop – Liquid Art and Motion

Freezing motion, especially liquids, can be a tricky and time consuming process. In this Liquid Art and Motion photography workshop Karl shows you how, with careful planning and the right techniques, you can improve your chances of getting a great shot.

He discusses and explains important concepts such as flash duration, sync speed and mirror lock-up and how each of these are important to getting the final shot.

Working with two Siros lights, Karl explains his lighting setup and offers solutions for those wanting to recreate the setup with speedlites. He also shows you how and why itโ€™s better to time your shots manually, rather than use sound or motion trigger devices.

This live show is as informative as it is entertaining and a must-watch for any photographer wanting to learn how to freeze movement and create artistic imagery.

In this live photography workshop we cover the following:

  • Liquid photography: How to photograph splash shots
  • Fast flash duration and why itโ€™s important
  • Using mirror lock-up mode for motion photography
  • Camera settings for splash photography
  • Creative liquid photography techniques and ideas

If you have any questions about this show, please use the comment section below ?


  1. In fact just to add…. this shoot was so much fun as I got my entire family involved in the shoot … throw water, take photographs… the kids loved it…. and later on even got my kids in front of the camera and got lovely shots with water falling on them…… This was fun….. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Thanks a lot Karl….. I believe I got great results with this technique……. I also tried it with the Coloured water and with Coloured Gels on the backdrop too……
    I used the Savage Translum medium for the shoot and it worked great too…..

  3. Hi Karl, I’m thinking about the Siros 800 L for most of my work but liquid photography really interests me. I see your using the ‘S’ one that has fair bit faster flash duration. Would the ‘L’ model have fast enough T0.1 or is the ‘S’ one or better needed for this type of shoot?

    1. Hi Cameron, the L is still relatively fast by comparison to many other flash systems but if you really want to do lots of different high speed work then it has to be the ‘S’ model. Remember the speed needed is relative to the amount of movement in the frame which is also determined by how close you are to the subject and how much is in frame

      1. Hi Karl, thanks for the quick response! I’ve been flipping between the 800L and move pack since do need battery 50/50 of the time so don’t want to be locked in to studio only lights so think I’ll go for the move kit since it seems to be plenty fast enough ๐Ÿ™‚ Is a bit more than intended to spend but in the long term think the investment will be worth it (especially with all that I’ve been learning from you!)

  4. Hey Karl,

    I have a quite private question: How did you start your business and getting this big companies to work with you? I guess you didn’t have such a big studio in your early attempts and works.

  5. Thanks for the great videos and instruction.
    I’m about to upgrade my studio flash (not Broncolor unfortunately, a little out of budget for now), but what would be good minimum flash duration to capture liquid in motion.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi Dave, everything depends on the scale, magnification etc and how far the object is moving relative to the size of the scene. For example if you have a splash of liquid close up then it’s apparent movement will look more. Different types of splashes, crashes etc and the speed they are thrown all have a bearing on the amount of movement created. Generally speaking though I’d expect t0.1 1/3000th to be a base starting point.

  6. This was unbelievable. Getting some frosted acrylic tomorrow. lol. Thanks. This is my fav place to be. I was such a happy wedding photographer, until I started watching this channel. Now I want to change to products.

  7. how far distance is the liquid throwing by ashley from the baground, so get the great gradient in the water.

  8. I love liquid photography. Just finished watching this tutorial – thanks very much for a great 1.5 hrs of pure pleasure.
    As usual, thanks for sharing Karl ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I have some great result with using Translum by Savage Universal.
    It’s perhaps a bit cheaper than the frosted acrylic and a bit more versatile (you can make some small panels with it as well. They even have three different thicknesses. I haven’t found any competitors yet, let me know if you know one that’s better or cheaper.

    These I mean (just trying to help, I don’t work for them):

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