Photographing Glass: 4 Tricks That Will Help You

Photographing glass: 4 tricks that will help you

Photographing glass may be the single, most difficult task for any photographers, even the professional ones. It requires extensive care in terms of product positioning, lighting, and editing. The goal is to capture the glass object, in this case a glass product, without capturing the reflections. 


Cleaning the surface before photographing glass is not enough. You should follow these photographing glass tricks to completely eliminate any reflections or glares. 


Use Backlight

The main problem in photographing glass is the reflection. Most times, products like glasses, watches, vases, glasswares, and perfume result in unwanted reflections and glares that can distract viewers from the beauty of the products. 


To avoid this, opt for a backlight approach. This method will also make the liquid content inside the glass more crystal clear. You don’t need high-end equipment or fancy settings to use the backlight method, just take a white paper and press it into the speedlights. Choose a white background if you use a softbox.


Post Production Editing is Important

There’s no denying that most times you see smudges or small reflections on the photos after you wrapped up the shooting process. In photographing glass, the editing process is highly important. It’s possible that you still see flaws on the product even after following the tricks above. Perhaps you see a dust speck, fingerprints, or spots on the background. All of these can be retouched professionally in order to perfect the end results. 

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Fake a Reflection

Photographers usually put the glass object on a glass surface or transparent plastic one to add symmetrical “shadow” in photographing glass. This will result in a very attractive glass product photo, but to say that this method is hard to achieve is an understatement. 


For this method, you have to make sure that the surface is dust-free and smudge-free, another glass-related problem that you should keep in mind. However, there is an easy alternative to this. You can stack the glass product upside down to achieve the same result. Just make sure that you use an identical product to successfully pull this fake reflection stunt. 


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Classy Image with Black Background

If you are used to photographing glass in white background, why not try a different approach? Sure, white background creates a cleaner, pristine effect on the glass product photo, but it highlights the many imperfections on the glass surface. By using black background, it gives off a classier, more elegant look on the glass product. 


Still using the backlight trick, you can use black paper as the background. To add more dimensions, you should add two more light sources, one on the left side, and the other one on the right side. This results in a beautiful white glowing outline on the sides of the glass product. You can also use the two light sources trick on any background color.


The black paper or board can also be placed on the sides of the glass product to add more definition on the product.


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