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One Flash Splash Photography


One Flash Splash Photography


Class Description


  • Capture the hidden beauty and random nature of splashing water.

  • Use a single flash to light shots with both black, and white backgrounds.

  • Find creative ways to combine everyday objects and water.

  • Understand how to enhance splash images in Photoshop.


Photographers are often looking to capture images that are dynamic, exciting, and most importantly unique. If that sounds like you, then this class opens the door to creating eye-catching photos that will never, EVER be the same twice. Best of all you won’t have to leave home to find them and you probably already own everything you need to get started.

Splash photography is the art of taking something as mundane as water pouring from a glass bottle and turning it into an image that’s packed full of stunning detail. Water turns to glass, tiny droplets appear frozen in the air and if it’s done well, the closer you look at a splash photo, the more detail you’ll see.

This class takes Gavin’s years of experience photographing splashes and condenses them down into easy-to-digest segments. Starting with his essential gear, props, and backgrounds, Gavin will help you take your first splash photo. He’ll then grow that knowledge, improve the basic technique, and show you how it can develop into some amazing and colorful splash imagery.


  • Any photographer who’s looking for an exciting and fun photography challenge

  • Students, teachers and photographers who have a water-themed project in mind

  • Photographers who love simple, graphic images that are packed with fine detail

  • Everyone who is big on creativity but limited with gear


Adobe Photoshop CC 2021

Adobe Camera RAW


Gavin Hoey is a freelance photographer, Olympus UK ambassador, and trainer of all things photographic. Primarily focusing on photography education, Gavin was an early YouTube adopter and created a popular photography training channel before joining forces with Adorama in 2012. He’s now the most-watched presenter on AdoramaTV where his videos focus on the art of lighting and portraits. Gavin is still creating at least one video tutorial for AdoramaTV every other week and the channel has grown to 1 million subscribers.


  1. Introduction

    Who this course is aimed at and examples of what to expect

  2. Gear Overview

    From types of flash to random props. What they all do and why I’ll use them

  3. Super Basic Splash with Black Background – Part 1

    Start here to learn the essential skills. Beginning with how to set up your camera to only see flash and moving on to common issues and how to overcome them.

  4. Super Basic Splash with Black Background – Part 2

    Using the same set-up, create a simple action sequence by shooting multiple shots and combining them together into a single image inside of Photoshop

  5. Basic White Background – Part 1

    How to use a single flash to create a backlit white background. Explore the pros and cons of different shoot through fabrics and how to get the perfect exposure.

  6. Basic White Background – Part 2

    Take the knowledge learned from the previous session and apply it in a practical way to create some amazing splash photos.

  7. Chaos Theory in Action

    Because no two water images are ever the same, a simple set-up of water pouring out of bottle can be used to create a wide variety of images.

  8. Shake the Bottle

    Take the same bottle as before but this time make it float in mid air. A complete shoot and Photoshop edit

  9. Water Impact Photography

    It’s time to give gravity a helping hand. When moving water hits a solid object things can get messy but the photography gets a lot more interesting!

  10. Shaping Water

    Using a wine glass to create S shaped curves of water

  11. Writing With Water - Photography

    Full shoot of how to plan and shoot the elements of creating letters made of water