High-speed photography ideas: how to capture water balloons as they explode

High-speed photography ideas: how to capture water balloons the instant they explode

How to capture different high-speed photography effects

Change the setup to capture different effects

How to capture different high-speed photography effects

Once you’ve mastered the art of timing the shot, try popping the balloon in different places for different results, and experiment with different coloured backdrops and food colourings for fun effects; a black backdrop and clear water works just as well if you don’t have any food colouring to hand.

How to capture different high-speed photography effects

We also used different shaped balloons, which created differently shaped water bursts.

Final Tips
This technique involves a fair amount of trial and error, and requires a lot of patience, but the results are worth it. Try firing the shutter (using a remote) with one hand while popping the balloon with the other. If this isn’t working for, get an assistant to pop the balloon as you fire the shutter.

One option for timing the shot is to use a sound-activated trigger that fires the shutter when it detects the noise of the balloon popping. TriggerTrap Mobile comprises a smartphone app and a dongle that connects your phone to your camera. The app is free, but you’ll need to purchase the dongle (£25, www.triggertrap.com).

However, there’s a slight lag between the phone detecting the noise and the shutter being fired, and another option is the Triggertrap Flash Adapter (also around £25): rather than firing the shutter, this setup triggers the flashgun during a long exposure to illuminate the balloon as it bursts.

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