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Old Nov 26, 2012, 7:35 PM   #1
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Default How to get rid of glare?

I have a lamp that I use to light my shots. It has 4 bulbs on it that are able to move/flex in any direction. The trouble is, I have to bring these bulbs REALLY close to my camera to get decent exposure. This creates a lot of nasty glare from the bulbs on the item I'm shooting. It might look fine one second, but if I tilt or turn the item, tons of glare pops in.


Any idea how I can fix this?

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Old Nov 26, 2012, 8:04 PM   #2
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circular polarizer filters will help out in the glare department.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 8:20 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by shoturtle View Post
circular polarizer filters will help out in the glare department.
... but they'll also cut into your exposure by a stop or two.

You can try diffusers on the bulbs, or try indirect lighting.
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Old Nov 26, 2012, 10:30 PM   #4
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Diffusers on the lamps is a good place to start. Again, it is going to cut your light a bit, though. For this kind of photography, if you are going to do much of it, you really need a light box, and a tripod for the camera. That way you don't have to worry about camera shake, and can use longer exposures.

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It has to do with learning how to control something called the "family of angles"

Discussed in chapter 3 of a great book called "Light: science and magic"

Searching "family of angles" photography on google yields a lot of good results like http://studiography.blogspot.ca/2010...of-angles.html
Searching for "dark field lighting photography" or "light / bright field lighting photography" also ends up in similar places, commonly used for highly reflective subjects like glassware.

To get started you need to know the Field of View of your lens on your cameras sensor size.
The same focal length lens on a aps-c and full frame yeild different field of views.
Zoom lenses pose a bit of an issue getting an accurate FOV.

Subject is also usually covered early on in college level photography courses, if you have any interest in taking them.
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