Introducing high speed photography with a bang!


Here at Triggertrap, we like to make plenty of noise. So when we were asked to pop (pardon the pun) to Brighton for the day and run a high speed photography workshop for the Brighton Photographers Group, we thought what better way to spend an afternoon than bursting water balloons? 

The Brighton Photographers Group are a very friendly bunch that hold all manner of awesome photography walks, talks, and workshops. If you live in or around Brighton, we recommend that you check them out!

Bursting water balloons is a classic example of high speed photography. Along with capturing water droplets, and shattering glass, it is one of our favourites, because the images you can get from water balloon bursts look awesome. Mind you, we are always astounded at what our users dream up to test out their Triggertrap kit. 

The trick to water balloon bursts is getting your settings right in the Triggertrap Mobile app. Once you have nailed your settings, you can capture burst after burst until you are soaked through or just need a sit down. 

What did we do?

To start our demonstration, we asked everyone to try to capture a water balloon burst by eye, using just their camera. As we anticipated, these shots weren't all that successful. For those that did manage to catch the burst, there was a lot of motion blur. 

This is where the Triggertrap Mobile app comes in. By setting your camera to bulb mode and using the Sound Sensor in Triggertrap Mobile to trigger your flash, you are able to capture fast movements, like bursting water balloons, without motion blur. Nifty!

With the basic set-up, ehm, set up, our next task was to play around with the sensor delay and sensor reset delay in the app's settings. This would ensure two things. First, that we didn't capture the balloon burst either too quickly or too slowly after the sound had been registered by the app. Second, we could prevent any accidental double exposures by firing the flash twice. 

After that, it was just a case of putting pin to balloon, and trying not to get too wet!

What did you guys think?

We would like to say a massive thank you to Dade Freeman, organiser of the Brighton Photographers Group, for hosting us. If you haven't already, head over to Dade's website to see some pretty spectacular photography. Thank you to everyone who came along to the workshop to shoot some water balloon bursts with us. Check out some of the awesome shots they got here. We certainly had a blast, and hope you did too!

Want to try out water balloon bursts yourself?

If this has piqued your interest in high speed photography and you want to try out this fantastic little technique for yourself, we've got a great tutorial. Want to see more from some lovely Triggertrappers capturing some stunning water balloon bursts? Check out this interview with Eric and Aiden Barger, they are pros at this kind of thing. (And Aiden is only six years old!)

We want to see your water balloon bursts! Don't forget you can upload any of the glorious shots you capture with Triggertrap kit over on our Flickr poolGet in touch by tagging us #Triggertrap and @Triggertrap on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

If you're part of a photography club in the UK and fancy Triggertrap coming along to host a workshop or event, we would love to hear from you! Drop us email at hello@triggertrap.com.

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