While working on my latest creation, I've been forced to try a hundred and one things to get my crappy camera to take good pictures in the dark. Having thrown away countless hours of my life on this near fruitless pursuit, I figured I could at least make something of it and post some of my experiments here.
These first four are some pictures from the aforementioned MOC. I'd suggest clicking on the pictures in order to properly enjoy the fairly crisp detail.
A single beam of pure moonlight alights upon mysteriously masked mechanisms of malevolent mayhem!
Using various photo editing functions, I successfully merged five different pictures, each with the light coming through a different skylight. The trick is to not allow the camera to budge a millimeter between each picture. I suggest creating some sort of cradle for your camera out of Lego bricks.
This time, I scrounged up several lights from around the house so that I wouldn't have to use the above method every time. I then placed a third light at some distance away, screened through trans-light blue posts to create an even ambient light so that you can see better in the dark in the picture.
Using the rather tricky overlay procedure again, I tried to light up the chandelier. It came out okay, but I'd like for the glass to have a more yellow tinge.
These last three are just random cool pictures that I took for fun. No really special procedures here, just some well placed lights. No photo editing, either.
Quoting Mister Bones
Very interesting experiments. I am having the same problem with lighting myself. Burned my %&^$%& fingers last night using Kelso's candle style. You gave me some ideas here, thanks.
I've tried the candles many times, so I can tell you right now, give it up. Maybe it works for Kelso (being a Lego god and all), but it's very difficult and more than a little dangerous. (Especially if you have long hair, use lots of hairspray, are a pyromaniac, etc.)
There's is always an element of added suspense and terror when something is only partially visible, and you've hit it right on the nose. Those intruders(?) are more menacing than they'd look in bright light! And the lighting pics are simply awesome, especially that last one of the tube chamber.