Blü - The process behind Adriano Rodrigues neon UV photography.

Blü - The Process behind Adriano Rodrigues neon UV photography. 


FBlü neon UV series by Adriano Rodrigues. 

A lot of people ask me how I create my neon series, I have done several over the years. First to last (Neon Dreams, GENESIS, VIXEN, MINX, Luminous, and Blü). It's always tricky trying to redesign the "wheel". And, what I mean by that... it's difficult to try to create modern Art that no one has ever seen before. It's an expressive outlet for me. I work closely with my significant other and my family to create these hyper reactive colors shoots. I want to draw the viewers attention no matter how distracted they may be. 

The galley below is several images using an iPhone 8 to capture the process behind the latest series Blü. This was rather tricky, we needed to make the water glow and have the model in the frame without having to worry about injury. From start to finish, this series took roughly 9 hours between makeup, water, and posing. It always amazes me what you can accomplish in your bathroom or even in your apartment. A lot of people when they view images on Instagram for example, think you have to have a high-end apartment or a special studio. You'd be amazed what creativity and a mixture of sweat can accomplish. 

If you ever have any questions about the neon UV series we create here at adrianoINK.com please don't hesitate to ask. I hope to hear from you all. Thank you for your time. 

I found an amazing article regarding neon UV photography. If you're looking to do neon UV photography of your own, I'd recommend this article by Brandon Woelfel and the 5 tips of neon photography which could help you start in the right direction to create something of your own.  

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
— Maya Angelou


Professional finished images of the Blü series. You can view the full series in our "SELECTED ART" section on our website. 

The Journey behind Adriano Rodrigues

A short interview with Adriano Rodrigues and how a major incident in his life shaped his artistic career and how he turned a traumatic event into a positive one. 


**It's important to note that when you watch this video you make sure you're watching it in the highest quality in your region otherwise the video - audio quality will be distracting.**

Tips for Digital Artists.

What do I use to create my work?

  • Apple MacBook Pro 15" 
  • Apple iPad Pro 
  • Apple Pencil 
  • Astropad 
  • Adobe Creative Cloud Suite 
  • Nikon D600 FX camera 
  • Multiple Hard drives (LACIE 4 Tb Hard Drive, Western Digital - PR4100, multiple flash drives)

A lot of people ask me how I make my art and what products do I use to create these neon UV photoshoots for example. Obviously, I have to use a camera, which I use a Nikon D600. It's a full frame sensor which does one hell of a job. It's a great starting off camera for the FX lines for Nikon. I have never used Canon so I can't speak to their abilities. The one thing is when you use a DSLR camera for these shoots you need to make sure you get a camera that will have a high ISO range so that you can take good photos with very little light. My art is a trial and error piece and I learn as I go. My first piece, "Neon Dreams" was really difficult to shoot because it was the first of it's kind. When I took pictures my subject I was only using UV light which is naked to the eye so it was literally pitch black in the room. Later, I purchased a small hand-held neon UV flashlight which made it much easier to zoom in on the model with clarity. 

 

I use an Apple MacBook Pro and Apple iPad Pro with an apple pencil for editing. The software I use is Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (mainly, Photoshop & Lightroom). I also use a third party app called "Astropad". Astropad makes it so I can turn my iPad pro into a Wacom Cintiq in theory. I can make edits on my iPad pro and they edit will then translate right into any Adobe program I'm using on my computer. I previously had a Wacom Intuos pro which I personally felt awkward using it. I never felt natural using it because I would never be able to look at what I'm drawing because the device didn't have a screen. I searched the internet for a device that I could use which it would be more intuitive and Astropad did that for me. It made editing a breeze. It costs a small fee $30 or so to purchase from the app store. One the best investments I ever made.

 

When you spend roughly 13 hours per photo shoot and then countless hours editing your work in Adobe Creative Suite it's imperative that you save your work on multiple locations in case your hard drive fails, etc. I tend to save everything on my 4tb hard drive and then save on my other hard drive later on (RAID hard drive system). When you have clients, the last thing you want to have happened is to tell them you need an extension because your work is ruined or lost. It's never a good look. It's worth the investment. 

I hope this helped you. Unfortunately, I make a much different type of art that is not typical in the industry. It's great because I have a unique fingerprint if you will. However, I would search days looking for the type of equipment I would need and it was exhausting. I hope this gives you a better glimpse into my world of art and what type of equipment is necessary to make your mark in the digital art world. I also can't stress this enough, DO NOT GO CHEAP ON YOUR EQUIPMENT, spending that extra $ on quality. Remember, you pay is what you get.