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Dealing with reflections


Keith_Lowry
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Hi all, my first topic post on BrickCentral!

I'm sure it's a problem we have all had to overcome - light bouncing off shiny plastic and obliterating a minifig's facial expression, bleaching out colour or just drawing away focus from a scene. What are some of your tips and tricks for reducing reflections and glare?

I've tried fewer lights and longer exposures, bouncing brighter light off white card, indirect light, polarising filters and post-processing, all with some degree of success. But am I missing any easy solutions? Do you find you can still get good results with well-lit scenes or even the camera flash working?

Give me your secrets! 😀

 

thanks

Keith

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Four Bricks Tall
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I've just started using a CPL with some nice results.

I previously would just adjust my camera angle, the position of the light source (if using an external light source) or change the position of my minifigs. 

One thing I haven't tried is using a scrim or a polarizing filter *on the light source*.

I'll be writing up a blog post about that soon. When I have a bit more time, that is 😉

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Keith_Lowry
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Finding the right angle to remove a reflection is a constant battle. I end up hold my hand in awkward positions during long exposure shots to get rid of particular glares. Oh to have a studio and some assistants ????

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FreeTheGeekMan
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This is something I have been battling with lately. I spend a lot of time moving things and trying to block light with random objects and my hand since I'm usually shooting outside. But then its the balance of making sure it's still light enough. Stupid shiny yellow heads! 

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Shelly
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I've used in no particular order: polarizing filter, change the angle , honeycomb diffuser or an opaque filter on my portable light. Know you're not alone with this problem! 

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Stephen's Toys
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I personally don't like to use the camera flash - to me it makes the minifig look like it was photographed on a green screen and the background was added later. The perfect lighting to me is a slightly overcast day. It creates enough natural light for the minifig, but it's not bright enough to cause a glare. For indoor shots, I use a lightbox (white tissue paper is a cheap alternative). I use a light on either side of the box so that both sides of the figure are lit fairly equally. Adjusting the light source and even re-positioning the figure will help reduce any glares. But if a glare just can't be avoided, Photoshop is your friend. Use the color match tool to darken the glare and match the color of the figure around it.

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FreeTheGeekMan
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I also am a big fan of the slightly overcast day. I don't have a lot of equipment really apart from my phone, so outdoors in the day with some cloud cover is my favourite condition for lighting my figs with no reflection.

I live in the north of England where thankfully most days are overcast days ????

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Keith_Lowry
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@freethegeekman we are blessed with many light diffusing overcast days here in the UK!

@stephens I don’t use PS as much as I could. Mainly use lightroom only unless I have a support or piece of wire to remove from the picture. I’ll invesitgate the colour match tool, see what I can do with it!

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