How to Photograph Glass Objects


Photographing glass objects is not easy, and yet, it's often the photograph that sells the piece.

If you're advertising classes online or selling your work on Ebay, Etsy or ArtFire, good photography is essential.

Here's what you will need:

1. A light tent. You can purchase one for about $100, or you can make your own relatively inexpensively. Read this article for step-by-step instructions on making your own light tent.

2. Light fixtures. You need at least one light for illuminating directly onto the object from above. If you have a desk lamp with an adjustable "neck", that will work. If you are getting too many shadows, or too much glare, you may need a set of lights to illuminate the sides of the box instead. Just make sure you're using "daylight" or "full spectrum" bulbs, and that all of your fixtures are equipped with the same type of bulb.

3. A Camera. Here's a great article by Steve Meltzer author of Photographing Arts, Crafts and Collectibles outlining cameras.

Even your point-and-shoot will work better once you have your light fixtures and tent set up. Good luck!

For more great photography resources, check out one of these great photography books.

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Denise Christmas-Gibson

Denise Christmas-Gibson

Denise Christmas-Gibson is a glass artist and instructor. Denise owned her own studio for eight years and now works with other studios in helping them with their programs.   After graduating with her degree in Marketing from UCF in Orlando, she became a corporate executive for 18 years. As her children began to grow up, she decided to do something that would allow her to spend more time with her children and provide a creative outlet for her 'inner artist'. Discovering fusing of glass changed her life. She now spends hours a day working with glass, teaching others to enjoy this wonderful medium, and consulting with other studios whenever possible.