Lighting textured glass

Hi there!

I desperately need your advice – I need to photograph patterned glass!

My client wants there to be a scene in the background, and then the glass covers half the frame. How should I light the glass so that the little ripples/textures/patterns are clearly visible?

looking forward to your response!

-Rikki

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3 thoughts on “Lighting textured glass

  1. StudioLighting.netStudioLighting.net

    Rikki,

    This sounds like a challenging assignment! Without seeing the glass, I can tell you that side lighting is the best way to show texture. Consider a hard light source to one side of the glass casting shadows over the surface in order to bring out the ripples.

    -Bill

  2. Mary Eike

    Have 52″x52″ etched glass window that I want to light from the side so the etching visually pops out. what kind of light do you use?


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