Monday, September 6, 2010

Glow-in-the-Dark Picture Tips

There's been a couple request from different people on how to take a picture of a glow-in-the-dark bead in the dark. Here's my husband Dan explaining...

My method for taking pictures of glow-in-the-dark beads.

We are using a Nikon D40 digital SLR with an 18-55mm lens. Almost any camera with a fully manual mode will work. You will need to manually adjust your Focus, Shutter Speed, and ISO. You will also need a camera stand to ensure nothing moves. A remote shutter button or a delayed shot are very useful as well.

Controlling your light is the first thing. The room we use has a big window that lets in a lot of light, so most of these shots are done at night. We have a photo tent with 3 lamps, one on each side and one above. You need to have the bright lights both for your first shot and to charge the glow-glass in the beads. Our lights all share the same surge protector so there is only one switch to kill all the lights.

If possible, set your camera to fully auto, with manual focus. And take a couple of reference shots. You need to make sure the shot looks good under light before you start taking pictures in the dark. Take note of your camera settings from the best looking picture and switch it over to manual mode.

I then turn off the lights and take my first “shot in the dark”. If it is too dark, increase the Shutter Speed until it is visible. Increasing your ISO to a higher setting will help, but the pictures can tend to get grainy at higher ISO settings. Try to find a balance between Shutter Speed and ISO.

The shots I have here both have the same Focal length and Aperture. The difference is the ISO 200 vs 1600, and Shutter Speed 1/40' vs 7.1'. Your settings are going to be different depending on your camera, lighting conditions, and personal preference. All I can say is make a small change, take another shot and see what it does. I work by the trial and error method.

.....thank you so much Dan! You are the sweetest man evah!!

If you have any questions post them below!


Lea Avroch said...

thanks Dan! You da man!!! Only question I have is when are you coming over to my house to take pics?? LOL! JK! Thanks for the pointers!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Dan and Janel! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! Fantastic!!!

JanelDudleyBeads said...

He's smiling ladies! Thank you!