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  • yakumoYou said Nendo?Very Important Boarder
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    Hey,

    My question is: How to make a good pictures of figures that are in a glass cabinet, without using flash and tripod?

    Every time I make pictures of figures behind glass
    the are or over lighted because of the flash (reflection of the flash)
    or blurry because I don't use flash (Tripod takes to much time)

    what can I do about it?
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  • takarayamaEnjoyer of Life.™Very Important Boarder
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    Welcome to the club, yakumo! :D

    Now that's a tricky question. >.<; What digicam have you got and if it is possible, have you tried using a polarising filter on your camera to reduce some of the reflections on the glass? Also, are you using an onboard flash or one attached to the camera?

    Would it be possible to lower the power of the flash on your camera? Maybe you could also try taking pictures at an angle from the glass so some of the light from the flash gets reflected elsewhere than back at the camera.

    I have never tried taking pictures of something behind glass when using a flash myself, but I might be able to simulate it with a glass door we have in the house. I'll have to try that tomorrow after work if I have time.
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  • yakumoYou said Nendo?Very Important Boarder
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    Welcome to the club, yakumo! :D
    Thanx for the welcome, and for making this club ^_^

    Now that's a tricky question. >.<; What digicam have you got and if it is possible, have you tried using a polarising filter on your camera to reduce some of the reflections on the glass? Also, are you using an onboard flash or one attached to the camera?

    - I use a Canon EOS 1000D
    - If a filter works I will buy it
    - I use an onboard flash (cant get of the camera)


    Would it be possible to lower the power of the flash on your camera? Maybe you could also try taking pictures at an angle from the glass so some of the light from the flash gets reflected elsewhere than back at the camera.

    - Not possible to reduce it

    I have never tried taking pictures of something behind glass when using a flash myself, but I might be able to simulate it with a glass door we have in the house. I'll have to try that tomorrow after work if I have time.

    Thanx for Helping,
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  • yakumoYou said Nendo?Very Important Boarder
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    Let me sketch out the situation for you all.

    Im going to japan in the summer and will attend wonderfest.

    Most of the figures I want to shoot are behind glass
    and its very crowded there.

    Also mostly you may not use flash.
    and a tripod is out of the question because its to crowded.
    people will walk through the picture.

    So what I need in a picture is

    - Sharp not blurred
    - Bright light (not yellow or blue)
    - No reflection of a flash or people

    Hope someone can hep me. ^_^
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  • blueboyan enigma, now & foreverRegular Boarder
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    the interior or the room within needs a great source of light (natural or brighter than fluorescent) in order to photo with a non-flash & not produce blur.

    glass cases that have built in lighting are a good form for photo shots while natural light or good lighting indoors offer a similar if not same result.

    it also helps if the glass or glass casing is surrounded by darker tones or colors such as polished wood inside a display case. digi-cams tend to focus on outer areas first, which brings out the object in plain view.

    otherwise outdoors is possibly the best bet.
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  • Gasaraki
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    One important factor I've noticed is whether or not your camera has a built-in image stabilization feature. This GREATLY reduces the effect small movements have on the picture. If you're not sure it does, you should be able to find out by doing some research online quite easily.
  • yakumoYou said Nendo?Very Important Boarder
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    you mean with the red dots?
    that you can choose where it needs to focus?
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  • Gasaraki
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    You're asking me? No, not even close. I mean some cameras have a function to counteract the shaking from your hands while taking a photo, as it is impossible for human hands to be completely still. THIS is one of the biggest reasons photos turn out like crap. Having much more light in the area reduces this(and is why flash works), as well as having a tripod. Since neither is an option, you need to see if you camera hs some sort of countermeasure like I mentioned.
  • takarayamaEnjoyer of Life.™Very Important Boarder
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    Just a quick tip before I head to work, increasing the ISO setting in your camera (a.k.a. making it more sensitive to light) makes it possible to use shorter exposure times. This will make your pictures less prone to be blurry because of camera movement. You will, however, get more grain in your pictures. The camera you have should have a good light sensitivity and less grain than point and shoot cameras so it might be fine.

    Also, a polarising filter could take reflections off the glass, but it would lower how much light comes into the camera which might cause you to end up with blurry pictures. >.<;
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  • yakumoYou said Nendo?Very Important Boarder
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    Thanx you all

    Have found a way to make quick sharp good lighted pictures
    but the flash still remains

    when I turn it off and make lighting higher
    it turns out a bit red
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  • takarayamaEnjoyer of Life.™Very Important Boarder
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    I tried to take some illustrative pictures of what magic a polarising filter could do, but I didn't get any good pictures. I'm glad you've found a way to take the pictures you want.

    As for the redness without flash, you might need to change the white balance to whatever kind of light your light source is. I get pictures with a strong red tint to them when I use daylight white balance indoors with incandescant light bulbs. Fluorescent lamps usually give a green-ish picture. I would suggest playing around with the white balance settings offered in your camera and see what works.

    Please let me know if this solves your problem with red images.
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  • DreamGhost
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    In order to correct the white balance of the shots I prefer RAW format. Photos will be about 10MB (Canon EOS 1000D), but you can correct the white balance later on pc without loss of quality.
  • yakumoYou said Nendo?Very Important Boarder
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    @Dream: I made some raw pictures in the past
    but in Photoshop they wont open

    what do I need to do to open them?
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  • DreamGhost
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    What for version of Photoshop do you have?
    Do you become a error message when you try to open RAW files?

    In order to open raw files from my camera with CS2 i need DNG plugin.
    CS4 can open my raw files without any plugins.

    The current versions of Camera Raw and Lightroom support your camera.
  • BluedrakonRegular Boarder
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    If you don't have Camera Raw or Lightroom, you can get a freeware called IrfanView. It will open just about anything that is a pic or movie. It will also convert the raw to jpg. I use this all the time especially when I want to run a batch to convert them. Very simple program, but lots of power.
    Here is the link to the site: Link

    Let me know if you have any other questions
  • yakumoYou said Nendo?Very Important Boarder
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    I have CS3

    someone on another site said I need to install the CD i got with the camera
    so will try that later
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  • blueboyan enigma, now & foreverRegular Boarder
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    ifranview.......so this is what my baby bro uses these days.
    man am i getting old......
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