How to take high quality photos of clear glass pipes and glass products?

3 months 1 week ago #653671 by [email protected]
I started an online store to sell glass pipes and other tobacco accessories. I am trying to take high quality photos of my glass products in a photo tent using the sunlight as lighting. The products seem invisible and very hard to see and almost too bright. I'm not sure what the problem is. 

I'll include my photo and a photo from another website selling similar products. As you can see, their photo looks much better.

I'm using a Samsung note 8. I've heard of people getting good results using this phone to take photos. 


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3 months 1 week ago #653674 by Nikon Shooter
Tobacco… really?  :rofl:

I would never consider taking pictures with a phone… just me!

Glass is a bit difficult. Whatever is behind will be seen, whatever lights
from the front will be reflected and whatever is coming from the sides
will kill the edges.

A tent a great for darker, opaque, with a mat surface object and glass
shares none of these.

For this kind of results, I would suggest you hire a pro with portfolio


Light is free… capturing it is not!

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3 months 1 week ago #653691 by Moe
LOL I was thinking the same thing


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3 months 1 week ago #653737 by Tim Chiang
:agree:  You can get a used DSLR pretty cheap these days.  Like anything having the right tools make can make all  the difference.  

Try KEH.com or MPB.com


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3 months 1 week ago #653853 by Photo Junky
This should help you photograph your tobacco pipes (wink wink)



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3 months 1 week ago #653938 by [email protected]
Thanks for the responses.  I watched sone videos on shooting glass ware.  It says to use a studio soft box for the back ground, and have the lighting come from behind.  Also says to set the item on reflective plexi-glass.  I haven't tried with plexi glass yet..but am getting much better results using the softbox...but still not the results I want.

Back ground is not white enough at all..   See the two pics of only the soft box.. its bright white all over when I first aim my camera at it, but after it focuses it starts looking bad and you can see where the bulb is.   Is there a way to change my camera settings on my phone to make the box staring bright white all over?  

DO I have no hope doing what I want to do with a camera phone?  if not, what is the cheapest DSLR Camera I need to buy to do what I need?

Thanks for all your help.



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3 months 1 week ago #653939 by [email protected]
Sorry for typos, I can't figure out how to edit my post.


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3 months 1 week ago #653945 by icepics
Buy a camera and learn how to do product photography, or hire a pro photographer.

There are videos, courses/workshops etc. if you want to learn to do it yourself. I agree that buying a used camera could be a good option, and it will be a matter of learning how to use it and getting in some practice to get good at it.

Sharon
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3 months 1 week ago #653948 by Nikon Shooter

[email protected] wrote: Sorry for typos, I can't figure out how to edit my post.


An edit is possible, on this forum, only until another
member replies to your post… annoying, I know!

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3 months 1 week ago #654027 by [email protected]

icepics wrote: Buy a camera and learn how to do product photography, or hire a pro photographer.

There are videos, courses/workshops etc. if you want to learn to do it yourself. I agree that buying a used camera could be a good option, and it will be a matter of learning how to use it and getting in some practice to get good at it.


So what is the cheapest DSLR Camera you would recommend that would work with taking good product photos like this?  


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3 months 1 week ago #654028 by [email protected]

Photo Junky wrote: This should help you photograph your tobacco pipes (wink wink)


Thanks for the video.  In this picture, he mentions a softbox with a speedlight?  What is a speed light?  Does he have it in his soft box?


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3 months 1 week ago #654029 by [email protected]

Photo Junky wrote: This should help you photograph your tobacco pipes (wink wink)


Thanks for the video.  In this video, he mentions a softbox with a speedlight?  What is a speed light?  Does he have it in his soft box?


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3 months 1 week ago #654040 by Nikon Shooter
A speed light is the newer name of the know but
old manual flashgun. The speed light may be used
on or off camera.

This guy in the video looks and sounds like someone
who just discovered a new trick and making a video
about it before even mastering it correctly.

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3 months 1 week ago #654071 by [email protected]
So I got a Nikon D3300 with a 28-105mm Tamron Lens & battery, charger & bag for $220 on Ebay.   Sells says its in excellent condition and barely used.  Will this do what I need?


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3 months 1 week ago #654072 by [email protected]
Also, is $220 a good deal for that?


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