Nighttime neon signs shooting?

Discussion in 'Color: Film, Paper, and Chemistry' started by athanasius80, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. athanasius80

    athanasius80 Member

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    Hey guys,
    A couple years ago some people were very helpful in giving me some advice on films for shooting neon signs in color. Now I wonder, any advice on using a polarizer or not? Measuring exposure?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Pinholemaster

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    Is the light from a neon sign polarizer? Why no simply put a polarizer on your lens and see for yourself? If you see no change, then why bother.

    When it comes to neon or any night time light, never measure it directly with a meter. You meter will want to make the light 18% gray, which it isn't. So I tend to use a spotmeter to measure the areas that are important to hold detail. A good place to aim a stop meter is on anything that is glowing from the neon light, such as a near by wall.

    Also, I usually don't shoot neon in the black of night, but at twilight when you have some ambient fill from the evening sky.

    Remember to bracket your exposures.