Shiny Surfaces

This exercise is about photographing objects with shiny surfaces and looks at a method of how reflections can be minimised.

The object I’ve used is a silver cup trophy that is being photographed from above:

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In the above image, we can see what things look like with no additional aides to remove the reflection. The camera, tripod and myself are all obvious in the reflection.

To deal with the reflection, a cone of tracing paper was wrapped around the cup with a small whole in the top to enable to picture to be taken:




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Here we can see that a significant amount of the reflection has been reduced and is certainly a lot less distracting.

To further experiment, I decided to change to a smaller object to make handling the tracing paper easier.

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Above is the image with no lighting modification.

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Here, we can see that the reflection has been greatly reduced with just the small area for the camera showing in the reflection.

With surfaces like the ones used for this experiment, there is little option for fully removing the reflection of the camera, however, we can try and use other techniques to try and mask that reflection.

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For this image, I’ve moved the light source from the side of the spoon to next to the camera. Seeing the bright spot on the spoon can be acceptable because we can see that it is a metal object that we would expect to be highly reflective.

Final Thoughts

This exercise was a fairly simple look at the options of dealing with reflections of shiny surfaces. Using the tracing paper, the light is diffused and instead of the reflections showing the objects surrounding, they reflecting the diffused light coming through the tracing paper.



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  1. Pingback: Exercise: Reflections | Lucy's OCA Learning Log

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