Monday, 30 December 2013

Photography Tips: How to Photograph Glass

The main goal of product photography is to make the product look good and desirable, regardless of its material properties. Glass, which is both translucent and reflective, can be one of the most challenging subjects to shoot; when you are shooting glass, getting some good looking reflections is the key to producing an image that will flatter the subject best, but it is not always as easy as it looks.

Glass Hanging Heart by DayDreamGifts

1.Start with your setup. Make sure you have a lot of light and try not to interfere by using too much color.

2. Use a lot of white in your setting or backdrop and reduce the amount the amount of darkness as much as possible. By doing this you allow any unused light to navigate towards the glass and bring out the expression you're trying to give.

3. Try to use as much light as you can from whatever source possible. This will enhance the object giving it a more cynical look.

4. Add an extra detail to the class, like a ribbon around the top of a jar. This adds a little effect to the image and gives the viewer more to see. Try not to make it a large amount of detail; but by adding something small you will create the effect of a bigger picture and the object will come more to life.

Seascape Drinking Glasses by Eccentic Ella

5. Find a way to reflect light through the glass. This is important as you want to try and get as much endurance out of the light into the glass to express an emotion of the image and create a lightened mood. The reflection also allows the glass to seem more detailed and more attractive.

6. Keep your setup small so less light can escape. The larger the setup, the more light you will need.

7. If you use a dark room, get as many lights from different perspectives as you can, but don't over do it because the surrounding darkness can create a tone of mood for the glass, seemingly making the picture more vibrant.

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