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

1 month 2 weeks 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. 


Attachments:

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks 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!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #653691 by Moe
LOL I was thinking the same thing


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks 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


Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 2 weeks ago #653853 by Photo Junky
This should help you photograph your tobacco pipes (wink wink)



Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 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.



Attachments:

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

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


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 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
Photo Comments

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 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!

Light is free… capturing it is not!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 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?  


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 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?


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 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?


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 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.

Light is free… capturing it is not!

Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

1 month 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?


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

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


Please Log in or Create an account to join the conversation.

802.3K

205K

1.62M

  • Facebook

    802,251 / Likes

  • Twitter

    205,000 / Followers

  • Google+

    1,620,816 / Followers

Latest Reviews

The Nikon D5 is a big professional camera, but is it worth the nearly $6,000 price tag? Find out in this Nikon D5 review.

Sep 16, 2019

If you're looking for the best laptop for photo editing, you've come to the right place. From the best budget laptop to laptops over $2,000, these computers will fit any budget.

Sep 10, 2019

In this Canon EOS M6 Mark II review, learn about the essential specs, features, pros, and cons of Canon's newest mirrorless camera.

Sep 10, 2019

The Sony a6100 was recently announced to much fanfare. The question is, does it live up to the hype or is it just a glorified a6000? Find out in this a6100 first look.

Sep 09, 2019

Forum Top Posters

Latest Articles

Photo by Joe deSousa on Unsplash There are certain questionable tactics in the real estate game, like promising free pizzas for...

Sep 17, 2019

The Nikon D5 is a big professional camera, but is it worth the nearly $6,000 price tag? Find out in this Nikon D5 review.

Sep 16, 2019

Not sure what to give the photographer on your shopping list? With a $5,000 budget, the possibilities are endless! Check out our picks for the best gifts for photographers under $5,000.

Sep 13, 2019

Learn how to master the art of wide-angle landscape photography with four simple tips that will greatly improve the quality of your landscape photos.

Sep 12, 2019

Are you sick of your gear weighing your shoulders down, causing undue neck and shoulder pain? With the new Holdfast Gear Tanker Belt, you can carry your gear in total comfort on your hips.

Sep 12, 2019

Photo by Prince Akachi on Unsplash #NoBudgetNoPhotos is going viral after a photographer, Nafa Ribeiro, revealed damning emails...

Sep 12, 2019

With these fall foliage photography tips, you'll learn a few fall photography ideas and solid methods for capturing beautiful photos of fall colors.

Sep 11, 2019

Family portrait posing mistakes are easy to make, even for seasoned photographers. In this guide, learn a few tricks for making the most of family photo poses.

Sep 11, 2019