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    Default What is the best way to photograph Glass objects?

    I wanted to photograph some glass crystal figures and would like some advice on how to get the best results.

    I have tried with the 3 halogen lights that I have but no matter how I position them I can not seem to get any real sparkle or refraction in the crystal facets, the following are some sample shots that I have teken, 2 with just natural light in my garage and 2 with natural light plus flash.

    Taken with 100mm macro ISO 100, f11 and variable shutter speeds

    2.5 seconds no flash


    2 seconds, built in flash at -1 compensation


    1.6 seconds no flash


    1.3 seconds built in flash at -1 compensation

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    Default Re: What is the best way to photograph Glass objects?

    I think the lighting is too harsh and the halogen lights too powerful for waht you want to achieve
    If I were trying this sort of shot I would ditch the flash and use my light tent with a diffused desk lamp either side

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    Default Re: What is the best way to photograph Glass objects?

    The light tent sounds a good idea a peice of black card each side out of shot will give you a defined edge.

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    Default Re: What is the best way to photograph Glass objects?

    Thabnks guys I will have to invest in or make a light tent to see if that works any better, I apreciate the advice

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    Default Re: What is the best way to photograph Glass objects?

    There are several sites that show how to make them but for 10 off eBay why bother? For example http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-Photo-Stud...item4151f415fc

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    Default Re: What is the best way to photograph Glass objects?

    Colin, thanks for the info and the link

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