The making of: lume shots

These dark days around Christmas make a good opportunity for lume shots.

lume shot 2
ISO 200, f/4, 1/2 sec

As most modern digital camera’s do a good job on regular, and even macro, photography of wristwatches in their standard ‘Program’-mode, making a lume shot (a picture which shows mainly the illumination of the dial and hands in the dark) is a different story.

You have to find out for yourself which is the best setting of your camera in manual speed- and aperture mode. The basis of your camera’s setting can be obtained with the following things in mind.

1. You don’t need a lot depth of field as you will only see the dial and hands (the rest behind and for that isn’t important to get sharp because you won’t see it). So you’re able to work with a large aperture of the lens (which is indicated with a low aperture f-value).

2. You would like to have a speed as high as possible in order not to have the second hand draw a large lume line. Because of this you want to have your aperture as large as possible as well, so these things come together quite well.

The pictures in this post are made with a Nikon D300s at ISO 200, using a 40mm Nikon macro lens and aperture value f/4. The picture on top of this post (which I think is the best all-round lume shot) was made at a speed of half a second (value 1/2). The pictures here below are respectively shot at speeds of one (1) second and a quarter (1/4) of a second. Nice to see what it does isn’t it?

lume shot 1
ISO 200, f/4, 1 sec

lume shot 3
ISO 200, f/4, 1/4 sec

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