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Cleaning the rear element of a lens?

You can absolutely clean the rear element as you've discussed - it's done exactly the same as the front element is cleaned. Caution must be used because if, for example, a piece of grit were on the ...
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Photographing glass - light 'quality'?

It's hard to say which is the best approach because, as usual, it depends on what you're trying to convey. However, I think the book Light—Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting ...
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Shooting glass product with embossment

Two things seem apparent to me looking at this setup. First, the position of the subject appears to be a little further from the camera than the lights. Before you fool with the position of any ...
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Cleaning the rear element of a lens?

You can absolutely clean a rear element on a lens, much as you'd clean the front element. Exercise the same caution and you'll be fine. The only danger with a microfiber cloth is that it should be ...
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How can I take a picture through glass without glare?

The usual way to reduce glare is to use a polarizing filter. You mount it to your lens and rotate it until the reflection is much less intense. A quality polarizer makes an enormous difference but it ...
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How can I take a picture through glass without glare?

Rubber Lens Hoods are available to use when shooting through glass. You place the front of the hood flat on the glass window and can then move the camera at various angles. Just be careful not to move ...
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Taking a still life photo of glass bottles with two flashes

You can get to the desired result with post processing of pictures taken at different lighting conditions. You must make sure the camera is mounted on a tripod, and that nothing in the scene moves. ...
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Shooting glass product with embossment

The shot you're trying to emulate has two light banks above & slightly to the front of the jars. There is a big white reflector card propped between the two light banks & just above the ...
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Why can't I get a white background with my product lighting?

Well, your lights are probably big enough, but they are also very uneven in illumination. When photographing reflective things I find it easier to think in terms of creating the environment that will ...
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How best to digitally copy glass negatives?

I have not scanned glass negatives, but this is what I would do based on scanning ordinary film. With the flatbed (with transparency adapter): Emulsion down, lifted off the scanner bed with sheets of ...
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Black fabric, or material, that is truely non-reflective

The usual photography suspects - materials such as Duvetyne - are meant for reflection control on-set or as backgrounds. The fabric is dark enough that you can use them in conjunction with the inverse ...
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My viewfinder is dirty or damaged?

It looks like coating damage to me, but perhaps a quick test which won't cause any further damage would be... Get a soft micro-fibre cloth - one of the 'fluffy' ones you can find in any supermarket, ...
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Shooting glass product with embossment

My first thought is that because you are lighting the glass from both the front and the rear, you need some shadow on the edges to add definition. Positioning some black card just out of shot to the ...
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Taking a still life photo of glass bottles with two flashes

That is not a good example, as @ben rudgers already comented, it could be a painting (or an HDR processed image). But let us analize the reflections. It could be a one light ambient setup and in any ...
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How to Preserve Antique Framed Photos

UV blocking window films are available at auto window tinting shops. That being said, harmful UV rays are stopped by ordinary glass. That being said, silver based black and white prints are unlikely ...
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My viewfinder is dirty or damaged?

It could be residue or coating abrasions from prior cleaning attempts. The procedure suggested by Tetsujin should help you determine which you are dealing with. Coating abrasions are best ignored ...
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Cleaning the rear element of a lens?

Use a rocket blower on it first to remove debris, make sure the rear element isn't recessed into the lens body (it definitely shouldn't be with a prime), and polish gently with a lens cloth or lens ...
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Taking a still life photo of glass bottles with two flashes

Reflection of what appears to be a window is a big feature of this picture. The easiest way to emulate it in a photograph could be to go to a room that HAS a window! I can also see possibilities in ...
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What method is used for printing onto museum-quality glass?

Museum-quality glass isn't much of a specification. For ripple-free, parallel surface sides; specify "float" glass. There are a variety of surface coatings available for control of reflections and ...
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Why can't I get a white background with my product lighting?

Product lighting is often trickier than it seems. A lot of tutorials aren't actually giving you the full sense of what's involved, space and placement-wise. You're mostly having to play with angles to ...
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Why can't I get a white background with my product lighting?

My two cents. Some photographers do not know where the gray point is :(. So, you need, either an experimenter or a gray card. There are some affordable ones on Amazon. I do not use a cheap one for ...
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Black fabric, or material, that is truely non-reflective

In the lab we use a black flocked paper/fabric to eliminate stray light reflections. That should work as well as the stuff from photographic suppliers, but isn't velvet because that's too likely to ...
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Black fabric, or material, that is truely non-reflective

Cinefoil is the typical solution for photographic and film use. The generic name is “black foil” because “Cinefoil” is a brand name.
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What causes these vertical dark bands?

Some light sources that reflect in the glass are visible at about the same brightness even where the dark bands are - that almost excludes a camera problem. Effects like that are not uncommon with ...
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Protect action camera lens from water drops

Probably what you are looking for is: Hydrophobic coating. There are some denominated superhydrophobic. Where water droplets literally bounce like rubberball. One problem is that I have not found any ...
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Protect action camera lens from water drops

If the lens is uncoated, the thinnest, and least obscuring, coating would be windshield rain repellent, e.g., Rain-X or GlasShield. That said, any coating will reduce sharpness somewhat, though it ...
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How can I reduce reflections in a glass corner?

The light as currently positioned is at an angle to the glass and the reflection will be polarized. A polarizing filter on the lens should help. For the most faithful reproduction orient the camera ...
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What are the downsides to framing without glass over the print?

I get the prints onto a quality fine art paper (Hahnemühle). I then give them a couple of coats of Windsor and Newton matt varnish this seems to be working so far
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