Photographing reflective surfaces

3 years 5 months ago #704324 by Esseff
I am thinking of taking photos of my guitars. However the bodies and headstocks all have high gloss finish so chances are I will be seeing the camera and whatevers on the other side of the room. I won't using a flash as I have separate lighting but I reckon there will be lot going on that I don't want to see.

Any tips on how to beat this?

3 years 5 months ago #704326 by Nikon Shooter
Don't worry! Just remember that the angle of incidence
will produce the same angle of reflectance.

We shall strum a few bars together… Have a good time!

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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3 years 5 months ago #704348 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day mate

As crazy as it may seem, try using a polarising flter as well

Set up your camera & lighting onto the subject/s and hold the CPL in your fingers and rotate it while looking thru to the subject. There are times when the CPL will dull-down those reflections. It certainly works with glass / windows etc, but not on motorcar paintwork (different sort of reflective materials)

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder

Phil from the great land Downunder

3 years 5 months ago #704352 by db3348

In addition to Phil's suggestion of CPL filter ,  try experimenting with the angle and positioning of the lights . 
Look for  an angle/position  to put camera  so  you & camera are not in the area  being illuminated by the lights .  That way there's less chance  your reflection and camera's reflection  won't be so visible .  And cover up anything that's pale/light-coloured  with some dark material ,  if possible .
Maybe even shield  yourself & camera from the lights with something dark .

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