Model Throws Paint

The studio once again got incredibly messy in this splash shoot!

As Karl photographs a model throwing paint, you’ll learn how to capture this stunningly daring image of a model throwing paint straight towards the camera. From lighting to posing, you’ll also learn how you protect your gear, clean up all the paint, and contain this sort of mess in your studio.

This particular shoot uses a combination of speedlites and studio flash, and you’ll learn how to combine these two types of lighting as well as how to achieve the fast flash burst necessary to freeze fast-moving subjects.

Class objectives:

  • Creative photography ideas for product photography
  • Precaution measures for protecting equipment
  • How to freeze paint splashes using fast flash duration
  • Lighting techniques for edge lighting and hair lights
  • How to combine speedlites with studio flash lights

If you enjoyed this class, take a look at some of the other classes within this course for further ideas and tips:

If you have any questions about this class please post in the comment section below.

NOTE: This class is available with English subtitles and automatic translations.


  1. Hope that light wasn’t damaged…
    The mode’s expression on the last shot was genuine after realising she splashed the beauty dish

    I wanna try to do something similar but can’t handle the mess.. Will think of it ..

  2. I do not understand the setting. Image taken in 1/500 of second (which is shutter speed) or in 1/8000 of second (Which is light speed)? what is relation between them

        1. Hi Abu, so in very simple terms if you watched those videos you would now know that from your original question that the flash is doing all the freezing of the paint. The shutter speed doesn’t matter it could have been 1/30th if the studio had been dark, the shutter speed only cuts out the daylight or room lights or modelling lights. The shutter speed doesn’t affect or cut out any of the flash because the flash happens to quickly for the shutter. The shutter speed I was using was mostly irrelevant as is the case in all high speed work in a studio. If you watch those videos that I gave you the links to you will have a very detailed and clear explanation of how that all works.

    1. Hi April, they are made from MDF I had my carpenter make them and then I painted them. I still have them in my studio and use them all the time although they have been painted white now. Find a carpenter and he can make them easily.

  3. Hi Karl,
    Iam currently studying flash duration since I need to do some shots with dancers and splash. My question is: using speedlights with low power make flash duration very low and allows freezing, but I see you used also other flash heads that I am not sure if they have the same short flash duration capabilities.

    Can I use different flash duration units and focus my shortest duration lights to the fastest moving parts of the scene? In case I use mixed lights, does the ones with longer duration affect/blurry my shot?

    Thanks and regards

    1. Hi Renato, yes you can do what you said as long as the other mixed lightings are not affecting your main subject to strongly and/or their duration is not too long. As with all these things a certain amount of experimentation will be required. Remember also that one of the biggest effects on flash duration that can cause light pollution is the modelling lamps being too bright and also being recorded in the shot, so take a test shot without flash to check if they are being recorded.

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