Glass is an amazing subject for photography. It’s not only beautiful, but it can also create incredible reflections and vibrant colors. But of course, photographing glass doesn’t come as naturally as photographing other things and there are many do’s and don’ts to consider when shooting glassware or other glass objects.
What Should I Consider When Photographing Glass?
Glass reflects light differently than most objects so be sure your backdrop is dark or light if necessary – this will ensure you capture the reflection of the light you want.
Camera Shake – Glass movement creates a huge change in light reflection so use a tripod or some sort of support to keep it steady. If not, be sure to use a slower shutter speed and/or the manual focus!
The Angle of Light Matters – Often there are several light sources so you’ll need to consider the angle at which they’re hitting the glass.
Tips For Glassware Composition
Composition – Try to capture the glassware in an interesting angle or perspective. For instance, try photographing straight on with the glassware resting on a table or hanging above the table so that it appears to be floating.
Glassware Color – Use complementary colors to enhance your pictures. Find other objects around you that go well with your glassware or use props like napkins or items in your kitchen for a more natural look.
Glassware Design – Pay close attention to the design. If it’s a wine glass, you can try photographing it from an angle that highlights the stem; if it’s a wine bottle, try putting your camera at an angle so that the label is readable.
Lighting From Behind – Use this technique if you want to use glassware for a drink and still capture your subject. Place your glass in front of a window or light source from behind to create a reflection.
How To Photograph Black Glass
The color black is a very powerful color and has the ability to enhance or ruin an object. This is especially true when capturing glassware that appears dark from behind. Here are some tips to help make sure your glassware photo comes out great:
Black Glass Is Powerful – This makes it important for you to show the glass in an interesting light. Avoid using a solid black background – make sure you have some contrast, even if it’s minimal.
Composition – Try to capture your black glassware in a creative angle or perspective. If it’s a wine glass, try using the glass itself as the main subject and taking a picture across the table while showing the stem of the glass. Or hang your black wine glasses from a branch or hanger above your table to create an interesting perspective.
Lighting – The most important part of capturing black glassware is getting just enough light on it so that it doesn’t appear dark from behind. The easiest way to do this is to use a very shallow depth of field and to focus on the stem or handle.
Don’t Over Do It – A great black glassware composition can completely change the mood of a photo so be careful not to overuse it in your photos lest you end up with a very dark photo. Black is powerful but not everyone wants their photos to totally be dominated by darkness.
Glassware Lighting Tips
White Glass – The easiest glassware to photograph is a glass that’s mostly white. It should come out great in any photo and it will show up well in any conditions since it’ll reflect the light that comes from whatever angle you shoot from.
Clear Glass – Sometimes clear glass appears clear but you’ll need to have the right lighting conditions in order to make it a good photograph. Read our guide on photographing reflective surfaces.
Colored Glass – When photographing colored glass, try to use complementary colors. For instance, a red wine glass should be placed opposite of a green wall or tree. This will enhance the color and create a stunning photograph. Position your lighting to make this contrast pop.
Metallic Glass – If you have metallic glassware, try finding other objects around you that use the same reflective material on them (like silverware or knives). Then place the wine glasses on top of them to create a great reflection.
Glass is an amazing subject for photography. It’s not only beautiful, but it can also create incredible reflections and vibrant colors. But of course, photographing glass doesn’t come as naturally as photographing other things and there are many do’s and don’ts to consider when shooting glassware or other glass objects. Keep these tips in mind when you’re shooting your next glassware photo and you’ll be sure to capture images that will leave your friends and family speechless.