Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

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    Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    What is the best way to take Watch Luminescent--"Glowing"--photos of Watch Faces with a Digital Camera? Simple ones, like you see on eBay.
    I am a published SLR Film Photographer--Archaeological Artifact photos in Journals and Reports--so I know my way around a Camera. My current eBay Camera is a SONY MVC-FD92, which is sufficient for my purposes. Any help would be apprecisted. THX.

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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    you will require a DLSR to shoot pics like that. Basically you need to keep the shutter open for a few seconds in order to get the desired effect. For example:
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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    Give you a tip.
    Do you have electric pocket torch? Use it before you make a shot of your lum.
    Use tripod and auto shutter release function if you don't have remote shutter release.
    Don't shot the watch in complete darkness - let the case and dial details be captured.





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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    Thank You for your Reply and Great Picture Examples.

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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    Thank You for your Reply and Great Picture Example.

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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    igorycha, how did you set up shot #2 and what euipment did you use?
    I really like the results.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Thank You for your Reply and Great Picture Example.

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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    Just reiterating what igorycha said about allowing for some ambient light. It's really all about the balance between ambient, the amount of glow you want, and obviously exposure length. Igorycha, I love the shot of the Breitling, very nice.



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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    Thank You for the advisory reaffirmation and your excellent Picture example.

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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    Taking "lume shots" is one of my favorite things to do. A DLSR isn't required, these were all taken with a Canon 790IS 10MP "point and shoot camera" You need a lightbox to control ambient light, a tripod to keep the camera stable and a strong light source to charge the watch before shooting.











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    Re: Luminescent Watch Face Digital Photos--How?

    Quote Originally Posted by mazdamx594 View Post
    Just reiterating what igorycha said about allowing for some ambient light. It's really all about the balance between ambient, the amount of glow you want, and obviously exposure length. Igorycha, I love the shot of the Breitling, very nice.

    Regards,
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    Thanks Chris. Love your pic too

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    igorycha, how did you set up shot #2 and what euipment did you use?
    I really like the results.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    It was easier than with Casio, because lumination in quartz lasts only couple of seconds and you have to catch the moment. But with Breitling the specs were appr as following: ISO 400, 1/10 sec and 5.6 (don't forget to feed the lum with bright light first)
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