How to photograph a glass-framed picture- without seeing yourself in it!!

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New look

My new look!

Oh, yes, this IS me, what a stunning new look haha 😉 Some would probably say I look better like this, hmmm … and what do you think of my latest “high-tec” piece of kit – yep, a piece of black card!

Have you ever tried to photograph a glass-framed picture for maybe your website or leaflet? Tricky eh? How do you avoid getting your own reflection in the glass? Not to mention the reflections of anything else that might happen to be in the background?

You hop to one side and take the picture from an angle … but you don’t really want it at an angle – do you? You stand and shoot it from above, nah, still no good! So you place it higher up and take the pic from lower down; and that doesn’t look right either!  No, of course not – you want it directly facing!

This is where my strange get-up (weird as it might look) comes in!  And here is a step-by-step guide as to how it worked in case it comes in handy for you.

The gorgeous textile art, is the work of the very talented Anita

Anita brought her pictures to my studio, so I was able to use the studio lighting.  Flash of course is out of the question when directly photographing glass, so find yourself as brightly a lit area as possible to place your framed picture.  Once you have a suitable space to take the picture, this is how to set up:

Step One Grab a large piece of black card, and make a slot in the centre about the size of your camera lens.

Step Two Place a large dark, preferably black, cloth behind you, so it blocks out anything in the background that would otherwise reflect in the glass.

Step Three Place more dark material on the floor between the backdrop and the wall where you will be placing the frame, to stop reflections from the floor.

Step Four Lean your framed picture against the wall, as flush as possible. You can either place it directly on the floor but that means crouching real low, and if your knees would object to this (like mine!), place the picture on a stool or whatever to elevate it.

Step Five Take your black card and put your lens through the slot. Place your lens hood on to hold the card in place.

Step Six Hey presto – you’re good to go! Sit yourself in front of the backdrop, directly in front of the picture at eye level and fire away, zooming in as closely as possible.

This all may seem like a bit of a palava, but if its something you need regularly it might be worth knowing. There may be a little trial and error involved the first time you try it (as we found!) but once you get the setup working well, you know where to start next time!

I am sure there are other ways of achieving the same result, but hey, if it works, don’t knock it 😉

And you can always bring your artwork to me to photograph if you want an easier life 🙂

Oh. and this is how the photos came out:


Big thanks to Anita for bringing in her beautiful pictures. You can find her on Facebook  website:





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