No matter if you’re a professional or just like to play and experiment with the camera, blacklight photography opens up tons of new possibilities. If you’d like to try it out without breaking the bank, this tutorial from Eva Landry will show you how to transform your regular ring light into a blacklight ring light.
This project seems like lots of fun, it doesn’t require a lot of time to make, and it’s insanely affordable. The material will cost you less than $20, and a store-bought UV ring light costs over $200. So if you’re willing to give blacklight photography a shot, this can be a good start.
Blacklight ring light can be great all for beauty gurus during Halloween and for the blacklight lovers in general. Its advantage is that it emphasizes the eyes, which are usually darkened by regular black lights. Note that this DIY gel works with most ring lights, but it will not work with LED.
You will need
Assuming that you already own a ring light and want to upgrade it to the UV version, here’s what you’ll need:
How to make
First, use the marker to draw two lines on the cellophane around the circle of the ring light. Leave 1 in/2.5cm around the light on both sides.
Then, follow the line you drew and cut out the cellophane. You will need 3 purple and 2 blue shapes.
Once you’ve cut all five shapes, take a purple one and cover it with glue. Add another purple shape on top of it, add two blue ones, and finish with the last purple one, adding glue between each layer.
When the circular shapes are all glued up and dry, place the ring light on top. Make some incisions with scissors, so you can fold the inside parts and tape them to the ring light.
Lastly, tape the cellophane both on the inner and outer side of the ring light – and this is it.
Now that you’ve got your UV ring light ready, it’s time to get that UV makeup, find a model and start taking shots. If you need some ideas, you can find great suggestions here and let your creativity go wild.