6 Cool UV Photography Tips

The guys at COOPH are bringing us another list of cool photography tips by photographer Markus Berger, and this time it is all about using ultra violet light to create artistic and colourful imagery.

To start shooting these type of UV portraits you will need some sort of UV light source – there are simple UV flashes that you can buy (typically they are not that strong), you can buy UV bulb set from Amazon or a professional unit like the Broncolor UV Attachment for the Broncolor Pulso flash head (but this one is probably for more high end uses as the Attachment alone is over $1000).

Now you need to think about creative ways to use UV – here are some tips:

  • Use UV makeup (as well as UV hairspray, nail polish and lipstick).
  • Make a cool glowing cocktail using fluorescein powder.
  • Use UV bubble liquid.
  • Use UV wool.
  • Use UV holi powder.
  • Make glowing hair (deep hair in fluorescein powder).

Just one note – UV photography is cool but UV light is dangerous (not to mention all these chimicals mentioned in the video). Read these safety recommendations before you do anything.

COOPH are known for having really cool DIY videos. Over the years we published many of their videos including “Tips for Shooting “The Elements””,  7 Cool and Funky Photography Tips, “6 Cool DIY Photography Gifts that You Can Make Yourself“, 7 Simple DIY Hacks that Will Help you Improve Your Photography and just before that 7 DIY Photography Tips – Using Inexpensive Household Objects – both of which we highly recommend if you are into DIY and photography.

In the past we covered a number of UV photography projects including this interesting one.

You can find more cool COOPH cool video on this subsection of LensVid as well as many more helpful photography tips on our Photography tips section.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of LensVid.com. He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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