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A Reflection Problem

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Old 08-18-2008, 11:07 AM
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Re: A Reflection Problem

There are some basic methods to avoid reflections that work for flat glass. Mostly, place two lights at 45 degrees off center, and the camera straight head on.

The curved glass may make that approach less successful. If so, take lots of photos with the lights at various angles, and then some areas will be clear in some shots and not others. Build the final version in photoshop, one pair of layers at a time.

I've never done it, so count this as a guess and a speculation, but it might just work. Obviously, getting the photo out of the frame would be best. The 45-degree rule still applies.
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Old 08-18-2008, 12:47 PM
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Re: A Reflection Problem

The reflection comes from the environment. I am only speculating, but the reverse of a photographic light tent might help. It is like trying to photograph fish in an aquarium.

In either a completely dark room, or under a heavy light proof black cloth, place the photo frame on a flat surface (the floor would do) place two light sources (a very small camera flash unit with and infrared trigger or some kind of directional light like an LED torch) right up firmly against the glass of the frame at opposite sides. Fix them in place with tape, blu tack, plasticine etc. You may need to cover the lens of the lights with several/many layers of white tissue paper to reduce the brightness and "hot spots" on the pictures near to the lights. With the camera on a steady tripod, take your photos. With the lights dimmed down so much, you may need to use fairly long exposures. If you are using a digital camera it should be easy (and inexpensive) to take some shots and experiment to find the best exposure setting. Good luck.
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