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Printer Under Glass

So, you have someone that would like their framed artwork copied and it’s behind glass. And even worse, it’s not the non glare type. They tried their cell phone and that was a not cutting it. Next they called a friend with a good camera and still no success. Too many people are under the illusion, that all you need is an expensive camera and you can photograph anything and it will look great. We can thank the camera manufactures for selling us that myth. My challenge was shooting a printing press incased in a clear acrylic cover. Being faced with similar projects over the years, you learn what works and what dose not. When you stand in front of a store window, or glass covered artwork you most likely see a reflection of your self and whats around you. Solution #1 will work for the store window, but not the artwork, and that is to increase the light inside the store several times brighter than the light outside. Solution #2 is the way a copy camera is set-up with lights set at 45 degree angles to both sides of the subject, and the camera head-on, but you still may see your reflection. What I did to shoot the printing press, was a combination of solutions #1 and #2. Setting two lights up at 45 degree angles to the front of the press which filled light into the internal workings of the press without reflecting in the acrylic cover. The camera was set at a 90 degree angle to the press. To avoid reflections of the room and my self, I hung a 9 foot by 9 foot light gray seamless paper in front of the press and cut a hole for the camera lens. A third option would be using a polarizer filter, but they do not have much of an effect head-on. Below is a diagram of my set.

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