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Nikki Turnmire

Invasive Light & Color Reflection

I am trying to photograph shiny animal skin wallets, billfolds, fobs, etc., and I am having trouble with reflections from everything around coming through in the pictures that I am taking. I tried creating a picture box, but even the light that I have illuminating the inside of the box is distorting the image. I tried natural light outside, and the colors of the trees, the sky, my shirt are reflecting back! The glare from a muted spotlight even is troublesome. HELP! What can I do?

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11/1/2007 12:19:59 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  So Nikki, are you talking cow skin, snake skin, chicken skin, moose skin, elk, rabbit, fish skin, pig skin, high gloss canvaskin, or what? Makes a big difference. For example, republican skin, especially from ultra conservatives is stretched waaaaay too thin and that increases its reflectance.
Take it light.

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11/2/2007 9:12:02 AM

William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  Nikki, it sounds like this is soo reflective that you are going to have find an angle that minimizes the reflection and eliminate any remaining part of it in PS. Maybe try putting black foam core or other backdrop on two or three sides and look for a good angle.

And Mark is really off base. Its the democrats who have thin skin, all the politically correct can't take a joke stuff. Republicans just buy extra layers.


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11/14/2007 3:30:56 PM

Haidar Abu Bakar
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/12/2007
  I usually put my products on a white backdrop then I use a 20"x20" cardboard which I glued black velvet on it. Then I make a hole just enough for the lens to poke through. If that isnt enough, use a porising filter too. Good luck.

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11/15/2007 8:16:32 AM

William Schuette
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/8/2006
  White is often a good choice but if Nikki is really having that much trouble with reflections the relfection off the white background may be troublesome.


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11/15/2007 12:49:59 PM

Nikki Turnmire   I decided to go with a white cotton backdrop, lighted overhead and with a spotlight from the left. I figured if the glare was all coming from the same point, people would get that it was a decorative reflection. Rather than fighting the glare, I decided to embrace it and be "one" with it! LOL Thanks for all the advice. It has all been VERY helpful! Thanks to all! I'll post a picture soon.

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11/15/2007 1:00:34 PM

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