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    Question Lume shots

    I've been playing around with my DSLR (Nikon D3300) for a little while now, and I'm really enjoying it.

    One thing I have no idea how to achieve it a good lume shot - not a photo of the lume in total darkness, but with the lume shining bright in a clear, low-light shot.

    Any advice? What settings or techniques will help me succeed?
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    Re: Lume shots

    Here are some things you should try:
    - charge the lume (led torch works great)
    - use a tripod
    - set a slow shutter speed
    - use the self timer or remote to take the picture
    - focus on different parts of the watch
    - take lots of shots, trial and error is the way


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    Re: Lume shots

    I usually just charge the lume with a flashlight and take a shot. I think some guys use a black light.

    For my shot this morning, I charged the lume using my cell phone.



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    Re: Lume shots

    Thanks.

    When you say 'take a shot' - what settings are you using?
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    Re: Lume shots

    I would recommend using Aperture Priority, to try and control the DOF and if needed use the Exposure Compensation to tweak it.


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    Re: Lume shots

    Quote Originally Posted by Bradjhomes View Post
    Thanks.

    When you say 'take a shot' - what settings are you using?
    No idea on settings for a real camera, I just use my cell phone for watch pics.

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    Re: Lume shots

    Quote Originally Posted by happyscrappyheropup View Post
    No idea on settings for a real camera, I just use my cell phone for watch pics.

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    Ok.

    Ok trying a few things with low ISO settings and different exposure lengths to see what happens.
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    Re: Lume shots

    Brad, I think you know I use a "bridge" camera ... a glorified point and shoot. For me it is finding the right spot to shoot. I actually use my downstairs bathroom because there is a skylight just in the hallway to let in a little natural light, and then I actually use the door to let in a very small amount of light (to regulate it I suppose, if you will). A little light can go a very long way if you are using a 12 - 15 second exposure time. Personally I don't like taking lume shots in total darkness. For these exposure lengths a tripod is a must and if your cam can use a remote shutter release it will help take steady shots. I had to hack mine with CHDK to use one, but it is worth the trouble to do. I use a 2 second delay as well just to make sure there is no shake in my cam when the shutter opens.













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    Re: Lume shots

    Thanks. I've read a few things and got a few tips - hopefully I've found a good starting point:
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    Re: Lume shots

    I will post a few and give a hint or two...
    1st thing is a tripod is essential. A nice macro lens with a dsl is nice as well, but probably not critical. I have all 3 so I am going to use them. Get everything all set up positionally with the lights on. Put your camera in (m) manual mode and now you get to play with your camera. ISO- Doesn't really matter all that much, just put it at 200 or 400, Aperature set to 4 or 5.6 or something just so everything is in focus, not really all that important either and now you are going to get to make adjustments to the amount of time the shutter is open (really important) This is what will affect what your shot looks like. They call this exposure compensation, but what is really happening is you are keeping everything else the same and adjusting the amount of light that is hitting the sensor by the amount of time the shutter is open.

    Ok so all pics are the same set up. Everything identical except the amount of time that the shutter is open. 100mm macro lense on Canon DSL. F3.2, iso 400

    1/4 sec


    1.6 sec


    4 sec


    8 sec


    It is really just a matter of playing with it for a bit to get what you want
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