Shooting Glass



Its been a while since my last post. Hope you all had a good new years!

I got the chance to play a bit today and the rain came down, so I decided to set up an indoor shoot to keep me from going insane. I know this topic has been done but I hope it inspires someone to pick up their camera and shoot!

For those who have not tried shooting glass or have tried and ended up with terrible results and reflections all over, I would recommend a book called “Light, Science and Magic”. You will get to learn to shoot glass properly and get results every time. The above photo was shot with only 1 flash off camera. (a Vivitar 285hv). What I did was place the glass on a mirror for the reflection, place a piece of black cardboard behind the glass. fill the glass with water and add a few drops of crimson red food coloring to give the nice red wine look. I had a flash behind the cardboard, facing away from the glass and firing onto a white wall. the bounce off the wall and around the cardboard give the rim light without blowing out the glass. I also shot in the corner of the room to create the white reflection on the right and let the crimson shine on the left. Play around and you will be amazed at what can be achieved in little to no time and minimal equipment!


This second shot was using a 500w LED light panel (continuous lighting) behind the glass shining through a piece of tracing paper. There was black board on the sides of the light to create the black rim and I dropped a couple drops of blue coloring into water and took the photos.

There you have it! 2 extremely simple setups that can open up a world of possibilities. You are your own hurdle! I hope you enjoy it and please leave a comment if you like it or want a better explanation  🙂