As a beginner you may have observe that images you photograph may result in poorly defined edges, its details and more over captured with reflection staring back at your photo. You definitely need more skilled and soft hand in photography when you were at start. But now with the passage of time you had become a trained and skilled photographer. When you think over past times you had realized that photographing perfect images is not that simple as it seems but you had achieved success in that and now if we talk of shooting glass products then we can say it as a hard challenge but the quality of this challenge is that it is also conquerable one. You can beat it and have appealing images with little amount of planning and following right approach. I understand this is a tough challenge for you but with your photography skills and having insight with these three points you can make a win over this challenge. You only have to be expert in lighting, settings and post processing and today I as a guide I will speed up your journey and help you to beat this challenge. Let’s move on further one by one with the explanation of these points. So let’s start first with the lighting and that is the primary and basic thing to learn:
1 LIGHTING: As I mentioned above that lighting is the basic and primary thing to learn and as a photographer you are aware of this truth. In glass products this is also the accepted fact. Photography is always about shooting in perfect light to have best lighted photos and if you can master the lighting techniques and set-ups then you will able to create and capture world’s best shots under any circumstances and situations including of glass products also. First start with acknowledging you that a there are three lighting setups that are used in glass products that are side lighting, double overhead lighting and back lighting. Don’t confuse yourself by reading their names. You only have to choose according to your products among these three lighting set-ups. I also want to highlight the importance of the lightbox in some lighting set-ups. Your lightbox will diffuse the light and make your glass photos more appealing and crystal clear. You can prefer to buy this from the market or can make it on home taking just a white paper and cardboard. By putting little efforts you will get your own handmade lightbox in your hand and without spending $30 – $100. And if you choose to buy then you have to consider its size, quality and with that its price. Just focus on mastering lighting and its various set-ups to move on the other steps.
2 CAMERA SETTINGS: The second skill in which you have to master yourself is camera settings which are entirely based upon the lighting that you choose for your product. This is the point about which a photographer is again aware with but may not have knowledge about the camera settings in use when shooting glass products. My aim is to make you aware about the camera settings in use while shooting glass products. There are three camera settings which must match to your lighting that are white balance, aperture and third one is iso. By not wasting your time i am going to mention these three detailed settings in brief. So adjust your white balance to your light source or you can go for trustworthy auto white balance which is also the best option for having good images of glass products. Set your camera focus after setting white balance. Keep in mind that your camera must be focused on the details of the glass product like its outer edges and other area that you want to define in real manner. Next thing to be considered is shooting in manual mode which is recommended with full focus f-stop which can be f/16 or you can go for higher. Prefer low iso setting to capture more excellent and smart shots. Keep your iso on 100. And the last detail about camera settings is keep your shutter speeds slow if you want to overexpose your image. It is suggested then keeps it down below your light meter’s recommendations. This is all about the camera setting in which you have to expertise your skills. These settings must be in your mind always if you want to become a professional photographer in glass products.
3 POST PRODUCTION PROCESSING: The third and last detail for you in today’s article is about post processing which also has an essential role to play. This is the stop of all your efforts. You have to stop here and pay attention to all imperfections that is left in your photographed images after following so careful approach. This is true and important also that your images require a post processing to make it in way as it can be uploaded to the website. You can call it as a finishing stage where you have to make your images flawless by removing all its flaws like reflections, smudges, etc. which came in the way of your perfect photos. You can remove them in this stage and also can perform the required image edits that your images require that may be of alignment, cropping, margins, or the background. You can effectively choose the best editing softwares like adobe photoshop and lightroom so that you can save your time and efforts by having perfect image edits. You also have the advantage of bulk edits in one go when you are working with the best softwares like the mentioned above. Guys remember this thing that you have to be a good follower of all the stated guidelines for your images when you will list them in the marketplaces and market platforms.
Crux: Crux of the story is that glass product is a challenge but you can conquer that by mastering the above mentioned points. Enjoy shooting glass products.