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Today I'm happy to release my Ultimate Guide to Splashes!

High-speed photography makes the perfect recipe to get stunning images. Splashes are dynamic, eye-catching and not so hard to shoot, as it may seem.
So, here's an Ultimate Guide to Splashes! That's high-speed photography made easy and fun! I won't torture you with techno babble or long descriptions of minor details. We're going to follow a simple step-by-step process which let you make fantastic action images using the very simple equipment.

Check out the Table of Contents and go straight to the part you like)

Part 1. Basic Level
Water Mage Apprentice

1. Freeze the motion: how it works
2. Gear: camera, tripod and lens
3. Keeping it safe (Embrace the mess!)
4. Lighting and camera settings
5. Making splashes!
6. Post-processing

Practice time! (Try it at home)
Note on natural light

Part 2. Advanced Level
Master of Hot Glue Gun and Water

Intro: Additional tools
1. Hot glue gun
2. Clamps and supports.

Ideas to try
1. Orange juice splash in a summer still life
(levitation of secondary objects)
2. Coffee for a stage magician
(balancing cups)
3. Coffee from the top shelf (flying cups)
4. Antigravity cocktails
(zero gravity effect)

Available to all my Patrons from Professor tier and higher to download. And I'm making a new tier specifically with this book.

Check out my Parteon page, get the book and start taking amazing high-speed photos with just two speedlights and a glue gun!
Good news! Now I have a Patreon page!
Join me and get an to an exclusive Patron feed with content you won't see from my other social media platforms:
updates of upcoming projects,
backstages from most of my shootings,
little tricks and lifehacks for conceptual still life photography,
before and after images,
GIFs with step-by-step process,
other work in progress bonuses!

Welcome on board!
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Read it here:…
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У меня теперь есть канал в Телеграме, где я пишу про вдохновение, королей и капусту. То есть, про всякие штуки, которые не всегда связаны напрямую с фотографией, но помогают придумывать красивые картинки. Присоединяйтесь:)

Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.
― Joss Whedon
I'm ready for my first English webinar, hooray! This Saturday (July 8, 8:00 pm GMT) join me for a talk about inspiration. How to deal with creative block, where to find ideas for your photos and how to stay inspired in general. I'm going to share my skething techniques and some tips and lifehacks that work for me. And, sure, I'll do my best to answer any of your questions about still life photogrpahy.

Click the link to sign up!…

I'm still nervous about my English, so this beta-version of a webinar is coming without donations and other stuff like that. Just you, me and many ways to be inspired at 9 o'clock every morning. Also, if you want me to cover some specific question on this subject, let me know in the comments!
So, now I have a website with a collection of tutorials I've written: splashes, drops, smoke and sparkles! Check it out and do try it at home!


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New tutorial is ready! I made a step-by-step article with instructions, pictures and GIF's illustrating the entire process (from light to post-processing).  It's completely free, as usual. To get the link for this tutorial, go to my my Instagram page, repost this picture with a note „Dina dinabelenko, I want to know, how it's done“. Send me a Direct massage and get your link! Let's take photos about seas and pirates together! All hands on deck!

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„Pirate Island“ is a a papercraft collaborative project we made together: London-based paper-artist and illustrator Annemarieke Kloosterhof and Dina Belenko — conceptual still life photographer from Russia.

Over a year ago, we connected through Instagram and followed each others work and decided we wanted to do a project together that would fuse paper craft and illustration work by Annemarieke and Dina's photography. We came up with an idea together, worked on a concept and little details and made two slightly different versions of  the same floating island with a treehouse, sails, pirate clothes, hammocks and of course a treasure-chest!

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Day Version made by Annemarieke looks like a treehouse for Peter Pan, here Neverland is real, magic does exist and Paper-Art can bring back Lost Boys and Girls. Night Version made by Dina inspired by slightly darker magic of „Windmill, windmill for the land. Turn forever hand in hand“.

To see our results next to each other is so interesting, as they are the same yet completely different! This collaboration has been such a wonderful journey with lots of creative desision making with pushing and pulling from both ends, that the result is something really organic and diverse that we could not have planned or hoped for.
I hope you guys enjoy the outcome as much as we enjoyed the process! :)

More work in progress:…
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So, I have a couple of new tutorials, but they are published in Russian magazines. I'll translate them as soon as I can, but for the time being you can check out these links ^_^

This one in Photo Foodie Magazine Finally I can share it! Last summer splashes in the middle of autumn:

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That one in Fotus Magazine here:

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I hope pictures will be pretty much self explanatory. But I'm working on translation! ^__^
I finally learned how to photograph steam, huzzah! And immidiately made a tutorial about it. With GIFs :)

Read it here:…

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Let’s see how we can shoot a dynamic image with falling cups and splashing liquid using only two speedlights and a glue gun:)

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