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Eye-Catching Experimental Photo Portraits With UV Light

Take a look at Mateusz Wykurz's experimental photos that use UV light to create a final effect that's so good, it even surprised those on the shoot!

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UV portrait

Mateusz Wykurz - www.krkstudio.pl

 

Portrait photography sessions aren't anything new but when you add in some UV light and a model who doesn't mind having their face covered in fluorescent paint, you soon create a portrait series that stands out from the crowd. 

Mateusz Wykurz's images of model Natalia Szura are surreal, yet eye-catching and are certainly not lacking in colour. 

Strong UV lights were used to shine light on the model who patiently had her face covered with tiny dots of fluorescent paint. "The final effect was really surprising for all of us," says Mateusz. The session was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a lens at 135mm. The ISO level sat at 1600 with an aperture of f/2.2 and shutter speeds from 1/50 to 1/160 sec, making a tripod essential. 

 

UV paint on model

Mateusz Wykurz -  www.krkstudio.pl

 

Due to the blue cast UV light creates, Mateusz used two additional lights alongside the UV. One was placed behind the camera at a higher angle with a folded snoot aimed at the model's face with a red gel on it while the other was placed in a softbox and positioned to the right-hand side of the model. The softbox created a golden glow while the red coloured snoot light, when mixed with the blue UV light, gave the model's skin a purple hue. 

 

UV make-up applied

Mateusz Wykurz -  www.krkstudio.pl

 

UV paint

Mateusz Wykurz -  www.krkstudio.pl

 

One thing the team discovered on the experimental journey was that eyes look a bit creepy under UV light which can work in some shots, but it's probably worth investing in UV contact lenses just in case! 

After looking at the full collection of UV portraits shown below, do visit the krkstudio.pl website where you can see more of Mateusz Wykurz's work. 

 

Model UV light

Mateusz Wykurz - www.krkstudio.pl

 

UV model portrait

Mateusz Wykurz - www.krkstudio.pl

 

UV portrait

Mateusz Wykurz - www.krkstudio.pl

 

UV portrait

Mateusz Wykurz - www.krkstudio.pl

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