Photograph a Print in Reflective Glass
When building their graphic design graduate portfolios, several of my students bring in artwork encased in a frame with glass. The reflective glass makes it difficult to get a clean photo of their artwork.
Here's a solution that I've found fixes the problem and has given students a quality image to use in their portfolio.
- Place the framed print in our product photo booth. If the framed print is too big I will set it on the floor in a room with plenty of light (preferrably natural and florescent).
- Next, position the lighting as needed to flood the print with light while eliminating glare and highlights.
- Here is the initial set up
- And the initial result
Notice several unwanted reflections in the glass. The light barn doors, tabletop, and background ceiling lights are causing trouble.
- Now, let's try a different set up
I used a 20x30 sheet of black foam board with a hole cut for the lense.
- The tip of the lense barrel is the only part of the camera that pokes through.
- This solves our reflective problems. The black also helps keep the artwork's image rich with tonal values. This set up works especially well with pencil drawings.
- That's much better!
This wonderful drawing was created by a student, E. Kendhammer.