Splashing is a funny and interesting subject to capture. You can achieve amazing results thanks to the modern smartphones that provide manual settings.
Android smartphones offer manual controls built into the camera app. On the other hand, if you own an iPhone, you have to download a specific app that includes the control of shutter speed, i.e. the part that is dedicated to set the amount of time the shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. There are free and paid apps available on the Apple Store.
Once you select the manual mode, you’ll have to “play” with the shutter speed and the ISO, the element which specifies how sensitive the camera sensor is to light.
Benefitting from a very good natural light, you can try a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion, to take pictures of clear drops and splashes, setting 1/1000 or above for instance. Note that the light conditions must be really good, because the light has a very short time to be captured by the camera sensor.
Then, it’s time to adjust the ISO: consider the light conditions and select the lowest value as possible to get the image properly exposed. If you choose a high ISO (800 or 1000 for example), you risk to get much noise, or too much bright photo.
If you are in low light situations or want to try “cloud-like” effects, try the long exposure. Before starting, get a tripod or find a support to keep the smartphone still, because the exposure time will generally take two seconds at least.
Set the shutter speed for 3 seconds or more, check the results and try different speeds.
Here below, a selection of photos to display how you can capture splashes and water taking advantage of the manual mode. Enjoy 😉