Lighting glow in dark tattoo

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Jacques Cornell
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Re: Lighting glow in dark tattoo

moodyphotography wrote:


I've never shot glow in the dark but do use studio lighting / modifiers a lot. There is a shoot coming up and wondering if combining red/yellow/blue (or some combination) of coloured gels would give the "black light" needed to get the glow of that part of the tattoo? I'm thinking using the gels or something with my existing strobes / modifiers would be better than the light bulbs that go in normal light socket etc

I'm no expert, but I think you're confusing glow-in-the-dark with fluorescent. UV/black light can cause some materials to fluoresce, which makes them seem to "glow" with unnatural colors. But, they go dark as soon as you turn off the light source. If the materials truly glow - that is, they absorb light and then emit it over time - I expect one would need a rather long exposure - with little to no ambient light - to capture it.

That's just my conjecture.

One thing I know I don't know is whether some/all glow-in-the-dark materials are also fluorescent. My rather limited experience is that most are not. If not, then a UV/black light may be used to "charge" the material but may not make it fluoresce in real time.

So, a key question here is whether the tattoos are fluorescent, glow-in-the-dark, or both.

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