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05-29-2011, 04:18 PM   #1
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Photographing Crystal


Last night I tried to photograph a crystal wine glass with a red wine in it using my K20D on a tripod and hand holding a Metz 45 CL-4 at all different angles.

None were successsful, as I could not get any light refraction off the crystal.

Would anyone have any pointers that I could try.

I have a slave but no slave to flash lead, but I can soon obtain one.

I am also seriously considering a Metz 58 AF-2 over a Sigma 610 Dg Super as an on camera flash.

I alredy have a spacer to go on my hotshoe to get the flash up higher to stop lens shadow.

Any thoughts on any of the above would be greatly appreciated.


05-29-2011, 05:07 PM   #2
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Lighting glass is a lot different than lighting other subjects. Check this out for more information:

Lighting Glass
05-29-2011, 05:12 PM   #3
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Shiny clear stuff is complicated. It would certainly help to read a book called, "light: science and magic". In most cases, you have to light what the glass is reflecting instead of the glass itself. And since wine glasses are rounded, you need something that is much bigger than the glass so that it shows from top to bottom on the glass.

Here some helpful blog posts

Shooting glassware on white background: high-key in product photography Atlanta Photographer blog

Studio product photography tips&tricks: Shooting glassware on black background. | Pixiq

The follow-up shot: an easy way to shoot glass on a black | Pixiq
05-29-2011, 09:48 PM   #4
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This guy had some nice tips

If you have an hour to kill, Ron Goldman goes over showing how to shoot glass, wine, bottles and so on.. He's one of the instructors at the PPSOP.
Here's the link to the video, Chris and Kevin show, Ron Goldman talking about food photography kevinfocht on USTREAM. Educational

It's an hour from the Chris & Kevin Show.


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