How to Photograph and Composite Milk Splash Photos at Home

If you want a project at home that will improve your small studio photography as well as your Photoshop and compositing skills, look no further. This detailed tutorial takes you through the entire process of shooting Oreos falling into a glass of glue. I mean milk.

B&H Photo Video has put together an incredibly detailed tutorial that takes you through the process from start to finish, as well as offering some thoughts about how to provide options both for yourself and for a commercial client.

Possibly the one thing I’d do differently is to try and find a way to do the initial milk masking with the Quick Selection tool rather than the Pen tool, though I suspect the lack of contrast when it’s not against the blue background might make it tricky.

What’s refreshing is that after completing the compositing, the tutorial steps back from the work and looks at it critically, trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. Its discussion of what a commercial client would be looking for — both in terms of quality and composition — is a nice addition.

What would you have done differently? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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7 Comments

Alfonse Diantonio's picture

Oreos are my favorite cookie after Hydrox. But I dont think you can get Hydrox anymore.

Gonna try this picture after dinner! Thanks!

Dennis Gerrity's picture

Hydrox are available on Amazon😍

Alfonse Diantonio's picture

Oh my goodness really! Thank you! I can’t wait to have them. Its been years

Paul Scharff's picture

Note to all video authors: Pleeeeease emulate this video. It moved so swiftly; there wasn't any needless chit chat; we watched the process and not the presenter (+1,000 points); it included some obvious-to-most-of-us information without feeling patronizing (e.g., press 4 to get 40% opacity); and the pacing was just terrific -- it moved well and created a very compelling watch. (We can always pause or replay segments if parts move too quickly.)

It's hard to imagine why video authors don't realize that a get-to-the-point video is more likely to be watched (and "Liked," if that's another goal) if they just demonstrate the subject at hand with a crisply-delivered voiceover, and don't spend half their time featuring a talking head rambling like they've never done a presentation before.

This was literally the best-produced video I've ever seen on Fstoppers. Thanks for the post.

Helmut Steiner's picture

I agree with you but I guess a lot of people like the unnecessary chit chat. I definitely don't. So this was a great video. :-)

Helmut Steiner's picture

While watching it I thought: "Oh no, too much. Way too much! Why is he putting all this crap in the picture??"
But at the end he fixed and explained what's not working and why it is not working and I'm like: "Thank goodness!!" :-D

So actually that's really good for beginners who tend to overcrowd images just because they think they need to add more. Good stuff!

Paul Scharff's picture

I LOVED that he said, "Let's evaluate it with a fresh eye" at the end and played with a range of options where things were subtracted. It was a perfect way to say that sometimes our ingoing vision doesn't execute as well as we thought, and there are changes that can help it a lot, and we don't have to kick ourselves for sometimes being a bit off the mark.