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Toy Photography Behind the Scenes: Creating Water Splash Practical Effects

Updated: May 6, 2019

This was a fun little setup I created on my porch showing Squidward's surprise splash attack on SpongeBob. I love that Squidward enlisted the help of a large tentacled friend to pull of this dastardly deed. The SpongeBob toys are small and inexpensive, but the sculpting and painting is done surprisingly well. Neither toy has any articulation so you have to work around the given poses. Check out the videos and images below to see how I set up the shot and created the splash.


This video shows how I set up and lit the scene, and how I create splashes in my images.


The overall scene setup on my porch. Two Manfrotto Lykos LED lights light the scene.



And the final image. I had several nice splashes to choose from and decided this one emphasized the element of surprise the best.


This image was photographed with the Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 135mm f2L at f2, ISO 1600 at a speed of 1/4000 sec. Image editing was done in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, using my Wacom Intuos Pro creative pen tablet. I will do a post on my editing tools soon.


Want to learn more about how to create images like this? Do you have aspirations of photographing toys on a professional level? Check out my one-on-one mentoring sessions HERE.


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