Water Drop Photography Setup – MIOPS Splash Review

This water drop photography setup is made by MIOPS and its called Splash. It allows you to do water drop photography at home, in the studio or anywhere that you want. The MIOPS Splash is extremely well made and comes with everything you need to make water drop photography except for water and a bowl or plate. You need a Macro lens to get close up of the water drop. The MIOPS Splash setup doesn’t make close-up photography easier, as you still have to figure out focus for a subject that is smooth and fast moving. But you can photograph water drops with the MIOPS Splash, I guarantee it.

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Today we’re going to make a splash. Hey, this is Scott Wyden Kivowitz, a storyteller with a camera and talking about all the things photographers like you and I are thinking about. In this video we’re going to be talking about the my ops splash. If you recall, I did a review of the my ops remote and I was quite pleased with the results. You can check out the video by clicking the card up above right now. Now the Myob splash has a different purpose than the remote. The remote is to just trigger with a bunch of different trigger types like motion or like lightening in vibration or just a timer. It could just be a long exposure timer and many other types of triggering events, but one thing you can’t do on its own is to get the perfect timing for water drops and that is where this, this kit comes in hand.

Now I have to say thank you to my ups. I did not pay for this. They did send this my way, so thank you to my ops for letting me try this out and I’m looking forward to it and like everything else I will share my positive feedback and my negative feedback. I prefer leaning more towards positive but it is a review so I have to share my honest opinion on this now and I did with the remote. If you again watch that video, then you’ll see my feedback on that product. So we’re going to open this up right now and then I’m going to set up a water drop thing and we’ll do some photos and we’ll check it out. First up is this part, I don’t know how this is all set up, so. No, I’ve never opened it. Literally there’s tape on it. I need to go get a knife. We have the quick start guide, we have the water drop kit. This is really nice because you actually get to put the water in here or it comes out of here. There’s some electronics in here.

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is a trigger for a flash. So, uh, well let me open it up. So it looks like the electronics you would basically plug in using the little headphone plug and then on this end we actually have the male part for A. I flashed a trigger, a flash, so this should be nice and now this can’t go onto my gotalk strobe. It’ll have to go onto like a Nikon sb 100 or something like that. So I’ll be able to use that. All right. So they actually sent me. This is really funny, I use the same thing in my. My video setup.

I’ve got one of these for my monitor and I’ve got one of these for my microphone. Little little boom arm. So this is going to have to go on top of the camera and this is a phone now from past experience because I’m triggered trap used to have a device like this as well. This is not open very far. I can’t get my phone in this so I won’t be able to use their included phone holder. So I made a mistake just there. I need to to record on the video just to explain what just happened. I just opened the box and I had no idea what each of the things was for. I didn’t read the manual yet and then, and not until I read them out of that, I realized that boom arm was not meant for a phone and the phone mount is not meant for phone, even though that’s what is commonly used for.

The boom arm is actually used to hold the dropper. Kate, in a certain angle, you can get it over a bowl or a plate and up are up higher in new mount that on a tripod or a light stand or something like that. And then the phone holder is actually meant to hold the electronic part of the dropper kit. So there you go. You’ll see what I mean a little bit when you see the behind the scenes of. Well me testing this out. All right, so basically I have the, a bowl right here, which you’ll see in a little bit. This is a bowl and then behind the bowl is a flash. Uh, it’s just going to be hard to see it all from this macro. Linda. Yeah, I’m using a macro lenses at one. Oh, five Nikon Macro Lens, right above is the splash kit and it’s all connected. And then I have a, an htmi cable coming out of the camera to go into my computer so I can record it. And then I’m going to use the, my apps mobile app to trigger this and we’ll just go and we’re going to do that.

And there it is. And then it took it took the photo and if I go to preview the photo, this is what it was. It’s a little bit dark. So I’m going to do another one. I think it’s because live view is on. I’m going to turn live you off for a second and then I’ll turn the TV back on. Let’s see. Look how good that looks. Now I’m using a bowl that I’ve been testing in so it’s already wet and to bowl that I use for cooking. So it’s scratched. Typically you could use a plate or something like that. Um, and, and that way you don’t have to worry about getting overhead of the bowl. And then that flash that you saw that, that, uh, didn’t really see yet, but the flash has a blue gel on it and that gel is creating that blue tint. If I was to remove the jail then you would see more natural tone. But there is a gel on there. So that is why you see the blue. I can switch it up and if you, as you see, I can zoom in and I can see the reflections, I can see how smooth the water is, you can see all the drops and it’s pretty freaking cool that it did that. And I’ll do another one. You can see the difference that it is. In fact, you know, just water.

And you could see that one was blur so it’s not perfect. Every time I turn off the live view. And then if we preview that one, you can see that one. That’s great. So if I go back to, we’ll see to look a little different. It’s very similar actually, but it’s, it’s different. And so yeah, you could add different gels and you can add different, uh, you know, change it from a boulder or plate or use a colored bowl versus a clear bowl and, and it gives you all this ability to, to do that. Now you can trigger this two ways. You can trigger this using a flash setup or you can distribute it using just camera setup and camera will require a flash, but then you can’t really add the color gels as you would unless you use natural continuous lighting or some sort of continuous lighting to do that.

So it is a little compact, a little little bit cumbersome to make this work. It is a very niche thing, but it is a very possible thing to do. And so yeah, let me show you the setup. So, so you can see why I say that. It’s very tight and whatnot. Okay, so here is the setup and you can see that, uh, over over here I’ve got the camera that’s connected to the splash into the camera port. And then there’s another cable coming out, going back behind to the flash. The flash has a magnet on it with a blue gel. There’s a bowl here with water. Again, you can use a plate or you can use a bowl. Plates might be, might be a little bit easier, and then it’s on a little tripod with the, you know, the boom arm here and the water’s in here.

And then when you push a little test button, it drops the water. I’ll push it again and that’s it. That’s, that’s the whole setup. Now this hd mic cable going out here is actually just go into my computer because he is recording right there. And uh, and that’s, that’s really the whole setup. It’s very cumbersome because you have to, everything’s got to be very tight in here. You’re, everything’s got to be cabled and that’s, that’s a little bit annoying. The only thing that’s not cabled is the phone that is triggering the Bluetooth in here to, to let it go. And you can actually specify the timing and everything that you want. So you can actually specify the timing that you want for the, for the trigger. You can actually specify, you know, how much of a delay you want it to be and how many times they want it to be and things like that.

So it’s a neat thing. It, like I said, it is very, very niche and it’s not something that I probably do very often, but for what it is, it actually works pretty darn well. So I’m, I’m impressed with how well it works. It did take a little bit of figuring, you know, tinkering to figure out the best settings for the setup that I had it, the settings that were set by default weren’t ideal for, for my setup, but it because you can have a different setting for your flash. You could have a different shutter speed. You can have gold mode or not bull boat or or, or you could use a gel or not use a gel and you can have live. You are not using live you. Every little thing like that makes a difference. So you have to tinker and figure out what works best and it takes a while and then you have to figure it out.

Focus. You have to make sure that the water’s clear, sharp, and how do you focus on water that you don’t see until it goes into process. So, but it worked. It worked. And I’m impressed my updated again, they created a product that works really well. And, uh, if you need water drop photos. If you’re doing stock photography and new water drop photos, check it out. My splash to the macro, the warranty company, they partnered with me on all these videos and I get an extended warranty on all of my cameras and lenses so that if I drop it or if it gets wet, water damage is covered. Their diamond warranty covers that damage. If you were in the need of an extended warranty, check out the Mac world. I warranties they are available at a camera and electronic stores around the world. And if you liked this video, click that subscribe button below. Now, I publish new videos every Monday and Thursday whenever possible. You don’t want to miss it.

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