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this is just so i can link to this everytime i'm asked about fakebloods.

so;

what kind of blood do you use? artificial, from a store

what store? theatre supply store, you may also try costumes shops or such, but i recommend getting something of good quality, and theatre supply stores sell pro stuff to be used in TV/movies as well. to finns i suggest; H.kuokkasen peruukkiliike it. teatterikujalla rautatieaseman vieressä. hyvä valikoima ja erinomainen palvelu.

what brand? i myself use mostly Kryolan's blood's. the ones i have are
-transparent blood - dark(veinous) and light (arterial)
-special film blood "universal" - dark(veinous) - ok for mouth as it tastes like candy.
-fresh scratch blood effect - very stiff, good for wounds and such
-SP4 (www.movie-magic.de/bk/kr/04014…) very liquid, almost watery, and realistic in that sense. great color too.

see picture;  koti.welho.com/jtapanil/pics/f… it has all of the ones i just listed.

i have also tried Cinema Secrets FX blood, but i'm not too fond of it's blueish tint and thick texture, but it's not 'bad'. it solves with small amounts of water quite well but stains SKIN very fast. however i have managed to get it off from clothes.   
    
how much does it cost? my guess is that it depends on the brand and where u live.

why not real?can i use real? i prefer not real because it smells bad when warm and stains more, also i'm not sure if real blood (like cow's) is healthy to be put in mouth.   it's also illegal to sell in some places like Ontario, Canada, right now. but why not, i've tried it and at least the 'reality' aspect of it is good, it's just fairly thin and thicker tends to look better in photos.

where can i get real blood? from the butcher's or large grocery store's/market's, meat dept, probably frozen. pretty cheap.

what does fake blood taste like? depends on the blood. mine taste bad or candy.

does fake blood wash off from clothes?depends on the blood and material of the clothing. i suggest you try washing any materials right away if you want to get it off. if it's a important to you, ask the store before you buy it, however no company wants to be reliable for ruining clothes so they can't usually quarantee to not stain...  use your common sense and maybe do a test on the inside lining of the fabric before anything else.

why don't you make the blood yourself? know any good recipes? because i am too fuckin lazy. it's also not self evident that self made blood looks real enough.  i think artificial fake bloods are good so it's easy to just buy them, no need to mess around in my kitchen every time i want to take a bloody pic, i rather concentrate in the photos than 'cooking' blood. and so, no i don't have any recipes, nor do i need any. try google or read the comments under this journal if you want to try it yourself.

what if i need big amounts of blood, gets expensive to buy fake huh? i see 3 options,
1. photoshop it, if you have some blood, u can use it as a reference and so forth, takes time to learn i'm sure but costs only time, for reference see my photo 'dead series 3' where a big part of the blood is photoshopped but some is fakeblood.  
2. use real blood, see question earlier
3. if you want 'blood' in bathtub or such, u can use food coloring mixed with water, it'll look real as a liquid, but on skin it's just watery and doesn't have enough color. for reference, in my photo 'you know me as Elisabeth' the model is in a bathtub and i used food coloring on the water.

i'll be adding questions as i encounter them.

thank you for the interest :)

jen
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Luchina Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2007
What would be the best recipe when it comes to thickness and texure for shooting black and white?
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Ravendoor Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
I know the answer for this one. You can use Chocolate Syrup, George A. Romero's used it in Night Of The Living Dead.
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Luchina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
Thanks!
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Ravendoor Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2007
NP! :)
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ElviraVonNosferatus Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
i mix food colouring with syrup :) cheap and looks pretty good...depends what u want to shoot...for close ups i should try something else
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thejux Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2006
thanx guy
im gonna try see what i can do....
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Rocul Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2006  Student Digital Artist
Interesting....
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jajamster Featured By Owner May 9, 2006
I read somewhere that you can use opaque chocolate syrup if its a black and white photograph
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Akachan-Kitsune Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2006
Thick strawberry syrup works good, especially in your mouth (its a little better if you're going to let it fall out of your mouth as it tends to be extremely sweet) or if you're only doing a little bit and I think it looks much more real if its dark out.

Otherwise, I don't think strawberry syrup is that great, as it tends to be more transparent... but I used it in a few pictures for myself and they turned out pretty nice, actually.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006   Photographer
good luck with that strawberry syrup :thumbsup:
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TheHauntress Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006
I have a quesiton you could add: What type of camera is good for catching blood shots? I have a camera and it's not that good at it - sometimes it turns the blood orage in the picture. Do you know of any good camera types or brands?

Thank you.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006   Photographer
i'm afraid i don't, i don't actually believe it's cam specific. it's more like blood, white balance, computer screen and the ability to handle digital photos -specific in my opinion.
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TheHauntress Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2006
Thank you very much. I think it is the angle or light of my flash when I take them - do you think that might be a factor as well?
Thank you for your help.
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aeonmistress Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
They sell fake blood there in Helsinki? I didn't know that!

Argh, and I who mixed vinegar, wine and honey and then photoshopped the result to make "blood" for my macabre valentine's photos... :faint:

Kiitti tästä infosta, meen ostaa :nod:
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Shastania Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2006
Ah, thank you! ^_^
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ScunnySkaters Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2006
very helpful thank u
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JKrushal Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
Thanks for this, I was just about to ask what you used when looking at your gallery (again). :)
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thebrideworeblack Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2006   Photographer
thanks so much for the entry
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zeldam Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2006  Professional Artist
thanx for shareing it'll help me a lot now!
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AN-Develare Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006
You're wonderful, and helpful too.
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Boguz Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2005
i love you fake bloods... ;)
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Many Thankx ^_^
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dejz0r Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005  Professional Photographer
awesome thanks! :)
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vampireritual Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2005
Another good option for the bathtub blood is hair dye its safe and makes the water a bit less trnsparent plus if you put it on your sikin it looks like blood
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JustGnome Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2005   Photographer
for black and white or sepia prints, use chocolate syrup. it works great and it was also used in Psycho.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2005   Photographer
i rather use the fakebloods that i got, but i appreciate your concern and suggestion. to each their own ;)
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ThraSh-ZiP Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2005
That was an interesting info. :)
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WhitePathos Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2005
Thaks for the explain.:)
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Mizerable7 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005  Student Photographer
Kiitos hyvästä tekstistä.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2005   Photographer
:) hyvä jos oli hyötyä
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ClickyPenPixieOfDoom Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
a recipe for fake blood my friend uses is corn syrup & food coloring. keeps the color better than water & its thicker. and tastes mighty nice too.
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fotoasylum Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
Thanks for the info.... I was wondering about your choice in theatrical blood..... now I know. Great stuff as always.
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The-Forgotten-Anglos Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2005  Student General Artist
I like your photo. Their way awesome. Do you know how hard it is to become a model for photographers that do photo shoots that aren't for clothes lines? I live in the states, in a pretty rural place, but I kinda really want to start posing for shoots. Do you think you might be able to help me?
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2005   Photographer
i'm not a modelling agency...so i'm afraid i cannot help you :(
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The-Forgotten-Anglos Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2005  Student General Artist
well, thanks anyways
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burninglies Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
Recipe for fake blood.
Corn sirup
Water
Red dye.
It's super easy.
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cultchylde Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
You've got to add a tiny tiny bit of blue coloring, too.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2005   Photographer
good, i hope someone finds that useful, there seems to be quite many recipes given already :)
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forever-falling Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
I love your work, and I never really thought of doing bloody pictures before, but now I'm getting ideas..... anyways, thank you for the FAQ, I love your style and if you ever have spare time, I would love to get your insight on a few things. I am a novist, and I've never realy taken photography classes, so there are quite a few things I need help on, buit that is only if you have time. Thanks a lot, and I look forward to seeing more work from you.
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forever-falling Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005
Thanks, I'm sure I'll have fun with it, especially since I have a recipe for realistic chocolate blood. Mmmm mmm good.
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2005   Photographer
thank you. good luck with photography :)
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modernMillie Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005
hey have you ever used golden syrup and red dye....- i've found it works pretty well, can get a very nice deep red, and can be thick or with a bit of water, runny as............... I'm sure you have much better idea of what works than i, but thought i'd throw the idea out there cause it is very easy to do and CHEAP..........
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2005   Photographer
no i haven't, i like the artificial fake blood that i buy. they're not too expensive to make me try mixes of my own...:)
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Izzy-of-the-corn Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2005
I'm not sure if your aware of this tip, but a while ago my friends and I had to perform a Elizabethan play where one of the characters was stabbed, and not having access to fakeblood we made our own out of dark red food colouring, a small ammount of acrylic paint and maple suryp. It looked quite good when it oozed out onto my friends clothing, not so sure how it looks on skin, but its a cheap alternative too..
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2005   Photographer
i was not aware of the tip, but if you read the FAQ, i don't need any fake blood tips. i hoep someone finds this useful tho :)
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Neminder Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2005
OMG! SUOMALAINEN! :headbang: Jälleen saalista....:XD: Sulla on aivan mahtavia kuvia! :D Pitääpäs tutkia syvemmin sun galleriaas....:plotting:
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suzi9mm Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2005   Photographer
err...kiitos. aika vahva reaktio suomalaiselta?
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Neminder Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2005
Mulla on aina. :XD:
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shimmering-image Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2005
i often think about your
pictures and wonder which
brands of blood you are
using. i love kryolan products
and thanks for the tips.
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RawBonesStudio Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2005
thanks heaps hun-such a great help... :)
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