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Focus On Lighting Photos by Robin Reid, Fil Hunter

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Chapter 8: So, Where Do We Put This Light for Glass?

GLASS IS GENERALLY considered hard to shoot. How do you capture an image of something that is transparent?

In truth, glass is more challenging than metal. Light travels through the glass and isn’t reflected back to the viewer (camera). At the same time, it will have unwanted reflections of its surroundings. Like metal, most of the reflections are indeed direct reflections. However, with glass the reflections can also be polarized. The photographer needs to pay attention to the edges, which will give the glass form. The rest is not of much concern.

When the light strikes a visible edge of glass, ...

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