Example #5

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This photo was actually taken indoors using artificial light. It was taken by Bill Naglik (fathertime15857) to sell a glass online. 

His auctions contain some of the best renditions of glasses that I've seen online, which why this photo is included here.

Bill's  technique is a variation on the one described on the first pageIn fact, seeing this photo convinced me that taking good shots indoors using artificial light was not only possible but practical.  Nice job Bill.

The light source is a color-corrected spot positioned about 3" above and slightly to the front of the glass.  The color-corrected lamp substitutes for the blue filter described on the first page.  It's a more convenient alternative but also more expensive.  The glass is sitting on a piece of pale-colored computer equipment and the camera lens looks to be about on a level with the base of the glass.

Reflections:   Most of the reflections that cause problems when photographing a glass are bouncing off its far side.  The curvature and angle of the glass act to concentrate and funnel them directly toward the camera lens, much as a satellite dish concentrates and focuses radio signals onto the receiver.  One common way of dispensing with such reflections is to block them by putting something inside the glass.  Thus, many auction photos show glasses with towels or socks stuffed in them, or pieces of black construction paper.  Occasionally this paper ends up being shipped with the glass!  In this example, Bill has used a piece of dark soft material with a fine weave, and there's just enough of it to fill the glass without overflowing so the photo is neat and tidy.

Background:   Stuffing the glass to eliminate reflections has the additional benefit of solving the issue of transparency, but the glass is photographed against a dark background and hence is clean.

Contrast:  The dark filler and frontal lighting ensure that the label is sharply defined.  The fact that the glass is sitting on a light-colored  surface helps because it reflects light upward and onto the label.  While a light colored surface is not required for clear rendition of the label, it does have the advantage of lightening the overall feel of the photo and relieves the gloom   of a black background.

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