Liquid Motion

UPDATE:  These are actual photos that we took using the techniques we will be sharing with you.  Warren and I have spend many hours on honing our techniques to get the best possible results.  Warren is actually bringing a Laser Trigger System for you to try out.  For example, the top 2 images were shot out doors in bright sun light without flash.  This is going to be a GREAT WORKSHOP!  Don't spend hours trying to figure it out on your own, let us share with you what we have learned through trial and error.  Bring a remote trigger cable to 1/8 stereo plug so that you can connect your camera to our Laser Trigger.  We will also have a few available for you to borrow if they match your camera.

This Liquid Motion workshop will provide an exceptional opportunity to photograph objects and liquids that are colorful and fast-moving. During this workshop, you will learn how to capture action using a combination of camera shutter speed and continuous and stroboscopic lighting. This will be a truly fun and educational photo workshop.

At Avanza training center we have put together several work-stations for attendees to use and enjoy. The classroom portion of this workshop will start out with examples of what mood and photo opportunity each work-station will provide. After the explanation, demonstration phase, which will last approximately one hour, participants will be able to use work-stations to create their own unique photographic works of art.

Bring your digital camera, tripod, speed-light, and lenses. You will be shooting subjects from as close as a few inches to as far as several feet away. Lenses from 15 to 100mm in focal length should be more than adequate. Continuous lighting and stroboscopic lighting will be available; however, you may choose to bring your own speed-light that your camera brand is compatible with.

We will have two maybe three 10 gallon aquariums setup for you to practice on.  You can choose between flash, high intensity lights or sunlight. 

This image with the strawberry was taken using continues lighting and without the use of flash.  The cost of the  lights are less then $15 ea.

Here are a few of the items you will get to experiment with:

Short and Long exposures, flash and natural sunlight

Fruit, Dice or whatever we can find interesting dropped into an aquarium.

Various Viscosities, vegetable oil and glycerin.

Water droplets.

Milk with or without coloring as it splashes.

Water balloons as they burst.

Various Gels, backdrops and targets.

What you need to bring with you:



Remote but not Required

External Flash but not Required

Snacks or Lunch, we have a fridge, microwave, snack machine, coffee and tea

Cloths you don't mind getting wet or messy in

Your imagination

If their is something in particular you would like to try, bring it. 

Our plan is do a lecture and Q&A  for about the first hour, then workshop after that.We will start class at 9:30 and wrap up around 4:30 but you can leave anytime.  Remember, Time flies when your having fun.

Their will be a $15 charge to help cover the cost of facility and materials used in this workshop.

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  • David S.

    Really enjoyed it and learned some cool new techniques.

    September 16, 2013

  • Warren R.

    POST MORE PHOTOS!!! Guys, you took hundreds, maybe thousands of photos. Please let us see some more.

    September 15, 2013

  • Marti

    The Liquid workshop was great! We played until they took our toys away!!! (or when the sun wasn't contributing to the results we wanted) This was my 1st one so enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to more!

    1 · September 15, 2013

  • Bonnie Ann S.

    The Saturday photo class and workshop was amazing!  I never took a photo - too impressed with what I did not expect. 

    Years ago I submitted a proposal to the City of Phoenix for a public art project.  They rejected it saying they did not believe I had the experience to implement my proposal.   They were correct although not exactly.  I had not found the technology and money to implement my concepts.  Saturday I was handed knowledge of the technology available today and today's low cost to start working again !!!

    September 15, 2013

  • Elizabeth B.

    I had a great time playing with toys, meeting new people, and learning a lot.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • April L.

    Wished I could have stayed longer. Had such a good time.

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • Tess B.

    This was fantastic! Warren and Les - thank you!

    1 · September 14, 2013

  • David S.

    So many cool toys! My Amazon wish list is set for Christmas. Thank you Warren and Les.

    2 · September 14, 2013

  • Reecy

    I had the best time ever. I learned so much I'm anxious to get home to see how the pictures turned out. So enjoyed meeting new people you're all great thanks.

    September 14, 2013

  • Candy E.

    This would be so fun and so incredibly insightful. I had already committed to another Meet Up function at the same time, but look forward to the success of this get together and to you doing this again some upcoming weekend, I hope.

    August 22, 2013

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