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Introduction to High Speed Photography

Join us for the presentation with Scott Dickson on High Speed Photography. You can see some of his work here:

Have you ever wanted to take photos of water drop splashes, exploding water balloons or liquid splashes? These events often occur faster than the eye can see, but there is often interesting art in the physics of the event. Learn some of the equipment and techniques which can be used to capture these events.

Pairing commercially available electronic triggers, DSLR cameras and flashes, along with custom built arrangements will enable the images to be beautifully captured.

A presentation will be given showing the various techniques and will discuss the equipment and setup used to capture these events. Example photos will also be shown which will demonstrate these techniques. The impact of many variables will also be discussed, including flash power, flash delay, light placement, etc. The addition of props and various color elements will be shown to enhance, otherwise dull splash effects into exciting works of liquid art. In addition, a few of the techniques will be demonstrated for the group.

For more information, visit his website:

About Scott Dickson

Scott Dickson is a photographer/enthusiast specializing in high speed water splash photography. An avid experimenter, Scott has paired commercially available products with home-built rigs to capture liquid art. These rigs and setups use a variety of backgrounds and color effects to enhance the images and make them more visually appealing. Using his custom-built rigs, Scott has taught several workshops on high speed photography and introduced many to the technique.


Attention participants: We are meeting at the Sports Basement - Bryant Street store in San Francisco. Our meeting will be conducted in "The Grotto" area, which is a private meeting space located on the first floor near the Ski & Bike shops. Snacks and drinks will be served.

This event is sponsored by Sports Basement and is an online photo hosting and sharing service. Click here to sign up for a free service!

In addition, all Sports Basement store purchases will be 10% off if you mention that you are members of this Meetup group, so come early to take advantage of this deal.

Event schedule:
6 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Socialize, network, refreshments.
This is a perfect networking opportunity in a friendly atmosphere. Bring your portfolio, photos, books or new photo gadgets to share with the group.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m. – Presentation.

8 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Q&A.

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  • SteveM

    Big thanks to Scott Dickson for taking the time to share his knowledge with us

    June 28, 2012

  • John

    Very informative presentation on high speed photography.

    June 28, 2012

  • voltaire

    I came in late because I didn't read the location correctly and went to Sports Basement in the Marina instead. This helped a lot including the use of sound to create drops. Scott was very helpful and answered all the questions. I highly recommend him and his workshops.

    June 28, 2012

  • Sean M.

    Great intro to high speed photography, Scott was very thorough and knowledgeable.

    June 28, 2012

  • Fabián

    Even though I was already investigating High Speed Photography and I had read lots about it, the information and presentation from Scott was very informative. And the way he presented the material was easy to follow and to understand. My friend Dave and I made our own version of the trigger some time ago so now we are ready to make some HSPs. Thank you Sam and Scott.

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really interesting and very well put together talk. Thanks so much for this!

    June 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very comprehensive and understandable.
    Very, very generous of the presenter to go into such wonderful detail.
    Thank you!!!!

    June 28, 2012

  • steve G.

    Excellent presentation, Scott shared a wealth of knowledge.

    June 28, 2012

  • Scott D.

    Hello all,
    Thanks for the kind feedback. I appreciated the opportunity to share my experiences and knowledge with the group, thanks to Sam for setting this up.
    For those of you interested in learning more or collaborating, I’d be open to establishing contact to share knowledge, ideas, techniques, or to co-inspire one another via pictures. Please send me an invite via flickr, facebook, Linkedin, etc.
    I will upload some of the demo shots to the meetup site very soon.

    June 28, 2012

  • raj

    Is anyone driving from Walnut Creek area?

    June 27, 2012

  • Duke

    I can't afford to stock up on super high end and expensive lenses. Hopefully, I can learn how to push my current lenses to its max capability. Anyone using Magic Lantern?

    May 21, 2012

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