How can I photograph an item which glows on a white background, without losing its glow?

by Laurence Livsey   Last Updated September 10, 2019 16:18 PM

I have an item which I need to photograph on a white background. It is a light brown coloured teddy bear with an LED in its tummy. When in the dark the LED glows brightly through its tummy, but when going to photograph the item in my lightbox on a white background, the glow becomes invisible.

Is there a simple way to photograph/edit this in order to a) show the item and all its details in bright light AND b) still show the glow emitted from his tummy?

I would greatly appreciate your suggestions.

Sincerely, an amateur.

Tags : lighting


Answers 3


Simply, dim the lightbox.

There are lots of other ways to accomplish this, but if the background lighting is too strong, back it down.

mongo
mongo
September 10, 2019 15:48 PM

An amateur as well.

You might try spot metering on the lighted tummy or on the tummy slightly away from the LED location. The white background will likely be blown out, but you might be able to fix it in post.

Just an idea that might be worth trying.

kbcons
kbcons
September 10, 2019 15:49 PM

Post production editing. Take two shots, one in full light, one in dim light, and enhance the full light picture by transplanting the LEDs from the dim light one.

xenoid
xenoid
September 10, 2019 16:14 PM

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