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« on: March 19, 2011, 05:29:33 pm »

Lots of Lapidaries I know use light boxes. Others simply position white background behind and or around their objects. Others use complex types of lighting.

I seem to get by with positioning two 100 watt lights. Usually one to the side and another towards the back.

With my gemstones, it is more about positioning the stone so as to both reduce the glare from the polished finish.

I use the same technique with photographing bottles. One to the side, and then one pretty much directly over the bottle. Sometimes just one light above and just forward of the bottle seems to do the trick..

Just to share.. Here are some tips from other lapidaries using different photo techniqes.

I would imagine that these same techniques would sure work well for photographing bottles .  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2011, 08:19:26 pm »

Thanks for sharing George.  Did some browsing around and come up with following links which might be useful to all of us here, one way or another.  These are what I feel are the best of the links:

http://www.brighthub.com/multimedia/photography/articles/44834.aspx

http://www.ehow.com/video_5556563_photograph-glass-bottle.html

http://www.tabletopstudio.com/documents/glass_photography.htm

A photographer friend of mine told me to get the book "Light: Science and Magic".  It seems it has a great section on photographing glass.  But have yet to do so...
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Good links Pat..

I most enjoyed the one .., "Taking a series of glass photos can be made easy by using a professional graduated background".  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2011, 08:53:35 pm »

haha.. you caught that one too! makes us ceretainly feel able and adept....  Grin
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Yes, nice tip.

So far, those photos I posted are taken by myself using a custom box with a light on top. While it works well with inside painted bottles, it is not good enough to capture the details of white jade and agate bottles. Guess I need some supporting lights to bring out the effect.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2011, 08:48:13 am »

Hi  All

I have been struggling  with this   problem for  2  years.....

Just  when I  think  I have perfected  a technique  with one  test bottle  ( minimal   reflections / all parts  of the  bottle   bright and  clear  / colors   correct  similar to naked  eye )    I try  another bottle and  whole  new  set of problems    arise.  However, I think  I'm  90%  of the  way there  now,  using the  arrangement  in the   pics  attached.  The  top light is a professional  "5000 deg C"     white  light   source  box   and  I have a second  such  identical  light  source ( not  shown in the  pics) which  I hold   just  above the camera lens to  provide  front light ,  adjusting the   front light   postion to  mimise  reflections  in the  bottle face.  The background is a   graded   white  to  black  sheet of paper .  But for   dark bottles   the  bottle MUST  be  placed a  pure mat black  base .  ( I  even had to   black out the   aluminium  rim of the   camera  lens   and the   white  Nikon logo  because  I could see their  reflections in the  bottle !  And I must  wear  dark clothes  as I stand behind the camera  otherwise I can see my own  reflection ! )   

More  on this  anon......... Undecided
 
Tips and    advice  VERY welcome  ! 

Cheers  Peter  @  HK


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