Friday, 6 July 2012

Photographing Dichroic Glass, to flash or not to flash.


Photographing Dichroic Glass.
To flash or not to flash, that is the question.
Here's a post for all you budding David Bailey's of the world. It has always a problem photographing shiny glass jewellery. The reflections are a nightmare and the colours can be so far off you wonder whether its the same piece of jewellery.
The two following pictures show the difference in one variable only. To flash or not to flash!
The first one has quite muted colours and does not show off the real sparkle affect of dichroic glass.
Whilst the second shows a great sparkle but the colours are still not quite right and the glass reflects the white flash. 
I have tried all manner of gadgets, both bought and home made to take the best pictures. I think there are just too many variables on different days. That's with the lighting conditions and my condition. lol.
If anyone has any useful idea's on how to photograph dichroic glass please feel free in commenting on this blog. As I read all comments and usually answer them within a day or two.
Ow yes, this 3" x 3" fired glass has been cut into pendant sized piece's to be fired again. The outcome of this will be posted in a few days.

3 comments:

  1. Steve, Instead of using flash try increasing your ISO settings to about 400-800. Hopefully this should work for you. If not you could try putting a piece of white/cream A4 paper in front of your flash to "diffuse" it.
    I hope this helps.

    All the best
    Mark

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  2. Cheers Mark. Thanks for that. I will try it out. :o)

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  3. Steve,

    Diffusing the flash is a good idea, but another thing to try (instead or as well as) is to "bounce" the flash off the wall or ceiling rather than direct it at the object.

    Also, try using existing light, but make yourself some reflectors from aluminium foil and card to direct the light you have onto the subject. I've got an article somewhere on making a "reflector box" to concentrate the light onto a small object - I'll see if I can dig it out.

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