WATCH: How to shoot neon portraits like a pro

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If you’ve ever wondered how people get those nice neon portrait shots, you’re in luck because Gab Loste just revealed the tools and tricks to get that nice photo-op.

Neon signs are awesome, fam. They’re electric signs lighted by long luminous gas-discharge tubes that contain rarefied neon or other gases which absolutely just grab your attention when you see it.


Gab Loste tells the pvblic how it’s done:

Step 1: Settings

Set your aperture at your widest.

f/1.8 or f/1.4 would be ideal.

Shutter Speed

Gab recommends 1/125th. Hand hold in dark situations.


Your lowest ISO that you can while still exposing properly. “Note though, however, that when you expose properly, that you should know your camera, because depending on what camera you have, you can underexpose a bit and then bring back the details later in post,” Gab adds.

Step 2: Location

Gab took portraits of his model friend Steffi Ramos outside Carousel Creamery’s neon sign.

Step 3: Shoot

Step 4: Props

It’s optional but a CD, a prism, and a diamond prism.

Step 5: Pray the edit will save the photo

Get to praying and hope for the best. 🙏


We the Pvblic interviewed Gab and here’s the wisdom he shared with the pvblic:

What do you do?

I’m a photographer and video-maker. I’ve been freelancing as both for over 2 years now since high school.

What’s a normal day for Gab Loste?

I’m still a student so a normal day would usually consist of going to school and also working part-time as a photographer at a local sneaker store. If there are no classes, I’m usually just in my room editing photos or videos and will only leave the room to shoot said photos and videos.

When did you start shooting neon portraits?

I started doing neon portraits back in November last year!

I looked at your Instagram feed and I wanted to ask what drew you into shooting neon portraits?

It was all the buzz (no pun intended) on Instagram for a while. Lots of big photographers around the world started doing it and I wanted to try my hand at it. I’d been shooting portraits way before that and I really had fun doing the whole neon portrait look so I kept it, plus, it’s also a really fun way of making my feed really colorful and pink.

How do you feel about the public’s reaction to your video?

I’m honestly really overwhelmed by the response. A few weeks back, I had set out on the idea that I wanted to share some of what I knew with others, but never really expected it to reach so many people. I’m really thankful for everyone who has been supporting me ever since and happy to see my work inspire others to go out and start shooting.

Don’t forget to follow Gab on Instagram.

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