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How to best photograph an item through glass?
I was asked to photograph a historic item which is framed and mounted under glass. What are going to be my main challenges? (I'm thinking glare and decreased sharpness.) Any suggestions on how to best photograph something that's under glass? I have a DSLR, macro lens, and a tripod, but no lights. Thanks.Carol...

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You are going to want to get a circular polarizing filter for your lens. This turns and will reduce, if not eliminate, the glare that you may face. I also recommend a tripod.Benhttp://www.b3nbrooks.com/blog/..

Comment #1

Try a rubber lens hood.Hold hood against glass.Try with flash...

Comment #2

You might want a black cloth across from the glass, so that reflections are minimized..

You might even cut a hole in the cloth and poke the lens through it..

Black tripod, black light stands if you use them..

BAK..

Comment #3

Plus get some lights - they don't have to be photographic lights - you can get a clamp style light with a metal reflector at a hardware store. Get two - set them up on either side of the object. Make sure the lights are pointed at a 45degree angle to the glass. Make sure everything is perpendicular to the ground - subject, camera, lights. Keeping the lights at 45 degrees keeps the light from bouncing straight into the camera. The black cloth keeps everything in front of the glass from being reflected in the glass..

BAK wrote:.

You might want a black cloth across from the glass, so thatreflections are minimized..

You might even cut a hole in the cloth and poke the lens through it..

Black tripod, black light stands if you use them..

BAK.

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Comment #4

Thank you all for your suggestions..

My initial thought would be that I would be shooting down at the framed object (the subject is nearly flat, so it will be like taking a picture of a framed picture), but I believe that you're suggesting that a black cloth be put on a table and the subject be propped up on it's bottom edge on top of the cloth, with the camera mounted on the tripod like a normal landscape-oriented shot (and not have the camera be pointing down at the subject). Is that it?Carol...

Comment #5

Cap624 wrote:.

Thank you all for your suggestions..

My initial thought would be that I would be shooting down at theframed object (the subject is nearly flat, so it will be like takinga picture of a framed picture), but I believe that you're suggestingthat a black cloth be put on a table and the subject be propped up onits bottom edge on top of the cloth.

The black cloth is to cover the camera and tripod so they don't reflect in the glass. Put a hole in the cloth for the lens to poke through..

, with the camera mounted on thetripod like a normal landscape-oriented shot (and not have the camerabe pointing down at the subject). Is that it?.

Correct.

Carol..

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Comment #6

All good suggestions EXCEPT using flash UNLESS it is on a 45 degree angle. The angle in angle out rule applies..

Stevehttp://vette74.smugmug.com..

Comment #7

What I was thinking....

Picture is flat ont he wall..

Camera is on a tripod, pointed at the picture..

Cloth is hanging like a curtain, in front fo the camera with the lens poking through the hole..

But if you don want to cut the cloth, it cam be behind the camera, and drape another cloth over the tripod legs if they are silver..

Use the selftimer to take a picture, so you can move away from being reflected..

BAK..

Comment #8

Okay, sorry, now that I re-read your post, I see what you're saying. Thanks!Carol...

Comment #9

Thanks; I was thinking of using my cable release, but that won't work if I end up in the reflection - good point about using the timer so that I can jump (lightly) out of the way.Carol...

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