Using a UV light for photos can give you some spectacular results and give your images an unusual twist. Even when you illuminate ordinary subjects with it, they can look extraordinary. In this video, Mathieu Stern teamed up with fellow photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer to show you what everyday objects look like in UV light, and inspire you to try it out yourself.
Mathieu and Pierre-Louis used a converted UV camera earlier to shoot fruit and veggies, and they also got some interesting and unexpected results. However, the technique from this video is simpler because it doesn’t require you to modify your camera sensor. All you need is a simple UV flashlight which you can buy for about $8, and your good ol’ camera.
Other than experimenting with everyday objects and food, you can spice things up with UV makeup, bubbles, wool or Holi powder. You can also use a CCFL lamp or a UV flash strobe instead of the flashlight, although the latter is quite expensive. Or you can even make your own UV ring light for less than $20. Whichever option you choose, be creative, and experiment – and I’m sure you’ll come up with some interesting shots.
Have you experimented with UV lights before? If so, feel free to share the results in the comments.
[This is a Kiwi Fruit Under UV light | Mathieu Stern]