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Pink hands

By Sillu
I was experimentig with this neon i bought. i tried to use flas so i can lit my hands a bit but with the flash the neon came like it is switched of.
Any tips if i want to use this neon in portraits with flash ?

Tags: Still life Hands Pink Neon


Vambomarbleye 4 153 14 Scotland
19 Sep 2017 11:16AM
The reason that the neon light looked like it was not lit is because the power of your flash was too high. Either or, Turn down the flash power, move the flash further away from the subject or use a diffuser such as a soft box.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2017 11:43AM
First off, this is a fascinating idea! I have been trying to think how I would set about it.

Alan is right - the whole point of doing this is surely for the contrast of localised light and surrounding darkness. Flash would kill it stone dead for me.

I've never tried doing anything like this, but looking at the Exif, 1/3 second is a long time to hold your hands perfectly steady, you managed it, but I would not risk a longer exposure. I would suggest trying F8 and increasing ISO a bit, say to 320, in the hope of getting a bit more detail in the hands. Wear a matt black top, to avoid background details starting to appear. (Looking at this closely, you were bare chested, and there's visible chest hair in the background).

But equally important - watch your framing. You have clipped your finger tips at the bottom, try to allow a bit more space there.

Worth working on further, I think!
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2017 12:34PM
Interesting. Makes you look so a success although possibly a tighter crop to increase impact.

Flash and other lighting. Not a problem but probably need a tripod. Flash relys on aperture setting and length of exposure is less relevant providing you have a suitable synch speed set.

Set an exposure on manual for the ambient light - neon here' although it looks like a chemical light to me, not neon. Say 1/2 @ f8. Then set the flash power for correct light output at f8. you may need to experiment, but that is the tried and tested method. It is aperture that matters.

banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
19 Sep 2017 1:13PM
What mode did you use for this, Manual, Aperture Priority, etc? The exif has no details.
Sillu 7 1 Malta
19 Sep 2017 1:29PM
I used manual
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
19 Sep 2017 8:57PM
If you rest your hands on a table, keeping them still for 1/3 second isn't such a big deal...

As moira says, you need the flash turned well down - maybe point it at a wall a few feet away, so there's ony a very small amount of flash affecting the image. Though, to be honest, I can't see the flash improving this. On the other hand, there's a lesson about controlling light to learn.

So things to try:

1 turn flash power down;
2 bounce the flash off something a little distance away;
3 put something over the flash head - a couple of thicknesses of handkerchief may help.

Above all, keep experimenting. There isn't a recipe for this, so it's trial and error. If the flash is still too bright, turn it down more, bounce off something further away, more layers of hankie.
dark_lord Plus
17 2.9k 786 England
19 Sep 2017 9:06PM
A great idea.

However, both you and your subject need to be absolutely still for this to work effectively. The light strip and fingers need to be sharp.

Flash is too powerful and will swamp the lumionescence.
You could rely on just the light from the light strip as you have here as it's quite effective. Nevertheless I like your idea of providing some extra light to illuminate the hnds. You need something in keeping with the light strip, so for example light from an LED torch would work, as would moving into a pool of light cast by a lamp. The good thing with either of those is that you can see their effect and get the right balance between the pink light here and yur other light source.

Just a technical point, this is a chemiluminescent light strip which produces light from a chemical reaction. Neon which is a noble gas and only creates a deep red glow via a high electrical discharge, and is also incorrectly attributed to fluorescent tube displays. Very basic science lesson over!
paulbroad 14 131 1293 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2017 7:50AM
Regardless of flash usage with this shot, the flash and ambient can be easily balanced for any other shot by using the same aperture. For example, set f8. Then set the flash for the correct output for f8 - use GN divided by distance. Then shoot for ambint with f8 and the correct ambient shutter speed. The only problem is that the shutter speed must be the flash synch speed OR LOWER. Not usually a problem in low light.


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