In this study we introduce the time-shift technique, also known as the pulsed-displacement technique, as a means of measuring size and velocity of spherical particles. The measurement technique is not new, it has been introduced by Semidetnov in 1985 and more generally discussed by Hess and Wood, Lin et al, Damaschke et al. and Albrecht et al. The novelty introduced in this study is the application of the technique to measure non-transparent particles, which are quite common for example in spray drying processes or in paint sprays. In this contribution the basic working principle of the time-shift technique will be reviewed and an optical configuration suitable for the measurement of non-transparent droplets will be presented. The signal generation and processing will be discussed. Example measurements in a milk spray are presented.