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Photography/glare in copy work


Joanne wrote at 2014-06-01 17:57:08

How about taking the photos at night and trying to create a sort of box like enclosure for your lighting to be bounced off of? If the walls are all windows, you could cover them with white paper or fabric, if the space is really large you could use stands and/or a clothesline like contraption to hang the white background paper or fabric. I've taken a lot of photos of artwork, particularly paintings, and glare is always an issue and indirect lighting is often the only way to get rid of it. Also make sure that you cover ANY shiny surfaces that are around with black fabric or gaffers tape. When I'm doing this type of work I wear all black and I tape off all of the silver parts of my camera and tripod. The slightest amount of reflection or color can cause glare or weird color casts on your artwork. That said, I actually like the look of the glare in the 1st photo of your painting - I think that since the painting is textured and that it seems to be an important element of it, that it wouldn't represent the painting as well if you were to eliminate all of the glare and texture from it. In the second painting, however, I do think that eliminating that glare would make it a better photograph. Like Heidi mentioned, using Photoshop to correct this could be a very easy fix however. I don't know how advanced you are in Photoshop but instead of using the filter that Heidi suggested; you would have much better results using curves and adjustment layers to reduce the glare in your image. I would even try an slight blur on an adjustment layer (obviously masked so that it is only on the affected areas) and then going through the different layer blending modes to choose the best one. Good Luck!


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Steve Meltzer


I am a professional photographer and I've been shooting for newspapers, magazines, commercial clients and artists for over 30 years. I have shot stock photography for dozens of years and in 1977 created West Stock (Seattle, WA) which was one of the first to produce stock photo CDs and later one of the first to establish an online stock photo slaes site. I have a new book on digital photography "PHOTOGRAPHING ARTS, CRAFTS AND COLLECTIBLES (Lark Books, 2007)which is available at, and in bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Borders. I have another book, CAPTURE THE LIGHT which will be puiblished in November, 2008. I write 20-30 feature articles and columns for regional and national publications a year. My education includes studying with photographers like Cornell Capa, Duane Michels and Oliver Gagliani (from the Ansel Adams Center.)

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