camera position. Attempt to arrange them so they fill the
them in a long, narrow line with black space above and
that make: up a given machine, instrument, or
manufactured assembly. When photographed on a light
box, you can illuminate the shadows. The various parts,
shown in order of assembly, appear to float in the air in
correct alignment and perspective.
inches from the floor. Two floodlights, directed from
either side of the glass, bounce light evenly from the
white seamless paper on the floor up through the glass.
removing any lubrication or foreign deposits. Lay the
parts out as they are to be photographed, and study each
piece before you proceed. Large areas of stainless steel
or bright metal should be sprayed with a dulling spray
to prevent objectionable "hot spots." Smaller areas can
be treated with an eyeliner.
Conversely, when the part is dark, white pencil or chalk
can be used to define it.
square of acetate with a little beeswax supporting the
mounted on a base so it can be slid into exact position
later. The base should be cut as small as possible so it
does not interfere with other parts lined up close to it.
Heavier pieces can be mounted on small squares of
procedure, however, and when a part becomes too small
in relation to others, it should be elevated. Various size
blocks (painted flat white) and, in some cases, glass
shelves or long, narrow strips of glass are sometimes
side, and end of most parts.
Glass objects can be pictured clearly by lighting them in
such a way that they stand out as dark outlined shapes
against a light background or as a light outlined shape
against a medium or dark background. These techniques
paper is curved forward on the floor so it is completely
underneath the area containing the setup. Place two
supports, such as sawhorses or tables, on the forward
part of the background paper. The supports should be
spaced to hold a sheet of plate glass. The plate of glass
gives you a transparent worktable through which light
bounced off the background paper in back of and
underneath the glass product will pass. Strips of colored
or black paper can be attached, out of camera view, to
the background paper for edge effects to the glass
exposure is relatively long. Proper camera equipment
and a sturdy tripod are necessary to prevent movement
during the rather long exposure.
items you photograph are three-dimensional.
around a door can cause problem reflections. And not
eliminating unwanted reflections results in much time
and effort wasted.
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