Glare on beads...

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  1. Morrigu

    Morrigu TPF Noob!

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    Hello....

    I have a Cannon Ixus V3 which I am trying to use to take pictures of some beads and other jewelry items that I have made.

    I have made a photo box similar to this: http://createapendant.com/photobox.htm

    I have set the camera white balance to tungsten, shooting mode to manual, macro mode, no flash.

    I don't have a great light at the moment, looking to get something better. But the one I have is a 100 watt bulb with some vellum paper on it.

    The problem is that I seem to be getting a lot of glare on the beads and glass. Can I do anything about that? I really don't know what I am doing here.....

    You can see a picture at: http://www.silverwynd.net/images/Beads-sample%2001.jpg

    If anyone has suggestions of books or anything else I could read to learn how to do what I am trying to do, that would be great.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. oldnavy170

    oldnavy170 TPF Noob!

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    I am no expert but you should try shooting them outside during the daylight without the flash. That should help the glare. Good luck with those shots.
     
  3. Dylan

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    This might help. My mother is a silversmith and she used it when she was shooting pictures of her work for craft shows.
     
  4. fightheheathens

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    try a polarizer
     
  5. JDP

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    Can't see the picture so I don't know what it looks like, but try adding several more layers of paper in front of the light to see if that helps.
    Alternately, you can put a piece of white foamboard on the top of the box and aim the light at that, let it reflect back down onto your object.
     
  6. Rob

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    Glare is usually due to a hard light source reflecting, as JDP quite rightly says, a reflector will make a larger softer source which may help.

    Making a tent out of think white sheets or paper and lighting with lots of high power lamps may work well also.

    Rob
     

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