Having Fun With Black Light Photography

Jul 22, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

Having Fun With Black Light Photography

Jul 22, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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Here is a fun concept to try if you are looking for creative ideas, playing with Black Light. This project from J.Dell Photography shows how creative you can get on a low budget, if you put your mind to it.

The team used Black Lights from Home Depot (similar to these: small | big), which are pretty low wattage but can still be used as long as you have enough of them.

We asked Jason what did he use to create the drawings, and actually, we were a bit surprised on how available this stuff is:

  • Old hot light reflectors
  • Home Depot clamp reflectors
  • Standard Face Makeup
  • Kids Glow in the dark driveway chalk and sand
  • low end black light makeup
  • party store supplies
  • Tonic Water and other common glow in the dark materials

Jason shares that Samantha Skillman, creative director, was responsible for all of the hair and makeup done during the shoot. We would collaborate on the design but she was responsible for doing the actual work in regards to the hair and makeup

we also asked about lighting and Jason shared that:

…each shoot had a slightly different lighting setup.  Although each setup was just a variation on a theme.

Because of the low wattage of the lights used, I had to double up the key and hair lights.  The fill light was still a single black light.

The biggest variation was how I feathered the lights.  All lights were in a typical setup.  Key was thirty degrees off camera right.  Fill was only about 15 degrees off camera left and the hair lights were attached to an I Beam running through the basement right above the model. The I beam was nice because it allowed me to position the lights directly above the models and let me to get as close as possible.

The other lights were positioned as close as possible to the model so that I could get maximum coverage.

Even with the amount of lights I still had a problem catching a focus and most of the time the model couldn’t even see me.

For the starfield shoot I did use a flash with a gel so that I could get the outline in color around the model while still keeping the blacklight look.  Any other information?

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Here are some more photos from that shoot:

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Angelic Warrior
Angelic Warrior

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The Black Avatar
The Black Avatar
Dark Jackal
Dark Jackal

You can see more from this shoot in J.Dell Photography page.

P.S. if you are into Black Light, here are two more resources you should check, either super low budget, or super high budget

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2 responses to “Having Fun With Black Light Photography”

  1. J.Dell Photography Avatar
    J.Dell Photography

    As a side note. Samantha Skillman, our creative director, was responsible for all of the hair and makeup done during the shoot. We would collaborate on the design but she was responsible for doing the actual work in regards to the hair and makeup.

  2. Jose Pagan Avatar
    Jose Pagan

    Great job! Check out a series I shot called the Blacklight Photo Experiment here: http://paganphotography.org/p564295098