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05/30/2007 06:04:55 PM · #1
HOW do you photograph silver or reflective objects without the lens or background showing up? I'm shooting something silver and I don't know how to get rid of the reflection. HELP PLEASE
05/30/2007 06:06:53 PM · #2
put it in a light tent, and shoot through a hole just big enough for the lens to fit through. if the lights are right - the soft glow from the tent should be able to hide the lens reflection.

05/30/2007 06:07:36 PM · #3
Place the object inside a "light tent" which can be just a white sheet thrown over a white frame. The white inside of the "tent" eliminates background and provides diffuse illumination.
Eliminate the camera by shooting toward a convex surface, and only allowing the end of the lens to show inside the tent. The reflection of the lens will be *very* small and easy to remove in post.
05/30/2007 06:08:12 PM · #4
Originally posted by photochild405:

HOW do you photograph silver or reflective objects without the lens or background showing up? I'm shooting something silver and I don't know how to get rid of the reflection. HELP PLEASE


Try a light tent which will be pure white. The only problem then is the reflection of the lens
05/30/2007 06:09:11 PM · #5
You need to surround your object with lighttent. Good tutorial.

Message edited by author 2007-05-30 18:09:35.
05/30/2007 06:10:40 PM · #6
and we have a winner! soup, buzzing in at 06:06:53 PM, slightly 43 seconds ahead of the still-typing kirbic!

yes, the correct answer, according to 4 of 4 responders...
Originally posted by soup:

put it in a light tent, and shoot through a hole just big enough for the lens to fit through. if the lights are right - the soft glow from the tent should be able to hide the lens reflection.
05/30/2007 06:11:56 PM · #7
I dunno, I think a light tent would be the answer :P
05/30/2007 06:12:22 PM · #8
they are all crazy - the real way to do it is with a light tent
05/30/2007 06:15:38 PM · #9
Wow you guys are fast. Thanks so much for the help! I looked at some really cool light boxes the only problem is I'm an extremely broke student and the woman I'm shooting for (for her website) isn't fronting me enough money to buy something like photo equipment. Only enough for small back drops and decorative items. Are there any other answers?
05/30/2007 06:16:31 PM · #10
whatever you do, don't use a light tent. That would be a disaster.

Edit to say - you could probably make one with a white sheet. I'd go to Saint Vinnies or Goodwill with a $5 bill, probably make out ok.

Message edited by author 2007-05-30 18:17:32.
05/30/2007 06:16:49 PM · #11
make your own light tent...
05/30/2007 06:17:03 PM · #12
ummm, I got this...

Make your own light tent

An old sheet and some PVC pipe will do in a pinch - several of my students have built one with great results - lights are those $15 halogen work lights at Walmart
05/30/2007 06:17:46 PM · #13
//digital-photography-school.com/blog/how-to-make-a-inexpensive-light-tent/
05/30/2007 06:18:11 PM · #14
Originally posted by digitalknight:

ummm, I got this...

Make your own light tent

An old sheet and some PVC pipe will do in a pinch - several of my students have built one with great results - lights are those $15 halogen work lights at Walmart

more typing, less thinking... ;)
05/30/2007 06:18:12 PM · #15
Originally posted by photochild405:

Wow you guys are fast. Thanks so much for the help! I looked at some really cool light boxes the only problem is I'm an extremely broke student and the woman I'm shooting for (for her website) isn't fronting me enough money to buy something like photo equipment. Only enough for small back drops and decorative items. Are there any other answers?


Ok fair enough, try using a white backdrop for starters that then bends upwards so you get the "infinity illusion". Then package the object you are taking photos of with something white, preferrably white foam boards or something like that so essentially you package the subject as you would do with a light box, it´s at least cheaper than one.
05/30/2007 06:22:12 PM · #16
Originally posted by thegrandwazoo:

//digital-photography-school.com/blog/how-to-make-a-inexpensive-light-tent/
<br>Perfect! Now off to find a box and cheap light to work with. Thanks again to everyone for the quick help!!
05/30/2007 06:25:48 PM · #17
umm if you really didn't want to use a light tent find your self a snow field on a foggy day & shoot with a really long lens - preferably wearing a white parka
05/30/2007 06:29:45 PM · #18
May I suggest using a light tent?
05/30/2007 06:31:38 PM · #19
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

May I suggest using a light tent?
Dude! can't you see what they really need is a light tent??? sheesh....
05/30/2007 06:41:11 PM · #20
I don't know if any of the azzholes in this thread have suggested it but I think a light tent might be what you need here.
05/30/2007 06:45:37 PM · #21
I didn't read what anyone else said...but I'd use a light tent. ;)

I used to make them using an old PVC frame for laundry bags and draping it with muslin...you can do this outside on an sunny day and save on lightbulbs.
05/30/2007 06:46:42 PM · #22
You could use a dark tent with a lot of light. :-)
05/30/2007 06:50:49 PM · #23
hmmm.... this is too funny. I think it's unanimous there bud.
05/30/2007 06:51:24 PM · #24
I hate to be a party-pooper, but sometimes the light tent isn't the whole answer.
When something is too big, and your little point and shoot needs to back off too far to do the close-up-the-front-and-cut-a-hole-for-the-lens thing, then those darn shiny things can still be a big headache :-(

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05/30/2007 06:51:54 PM · #25
Originally posted by kawesttex:

You could use a dark tent with a lot of light. :-)


LMFAO!
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