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How do I photograph large appliances with glass doors for product showcasing?

In a reflective surface, the reflections are of the surrounding area. 1. The bigger the object the bigger space you need So, in your case, you need a really big space clean, let's say painted on white,...
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How to photograph frost and snow sparkling?

Much sparkling is due to stereo vision, which is also why the glistening of metal is hard to capture in photographs that are not stereo pairs. Diamonds reflect and refract light glint differently to ...
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How to photograph frost and snow sparkling?

I am limited on this answer because I live in a warmer climate. The sparkles are given by an exact reflection. You see a lot of sparkles because you move a little, so you receive a reflection of ...
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How to shoot a reflection in a ball bearing without appearing in it?

Use a telephoto lens, positioning you and camera several feet/meters away. Your reflection will be much smaller. Can also use a mirror, which will effectively do same thing: position mirror on one ...
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How do I photograph large appliances with glass doors for product showcasing?

Two basic techniques for dealing with reflections on glass should be known, albeit they will only reduce, not totally eliminate them - so for formal product photography, the advice about using an all ...
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Are polarizers effective against reflections from glass?

CPL filters do not differ in their photographic properties from linear polarisers; they are merely friendlier to metering and autofocus. But in essence they are just linear polarisers with a ...
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Are polarizers effective against reflections from glass?

Yes. Here's an example image with very similar conditions to the post you linked to. In this case they are using a circular polarizing filter: Shown in The Mighty Circular Polarizing Filter Explained ...
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What could cause this visible artifact which seems to a be a glowing inverse of something outside of the frame overlayed on this photograph?

What you are seeing in the photo is a specific type of lens flare known as ghosting. It is an inverted and reversed reflection of the brightest highlights of the scene. If you were to draw an x and y ...
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Is the Mike Pence "Chili" tweet photo photoshopped or just a strange optical effect?

It is simple geometry and does not involve any editing. You may see upon closer inspection that Mike is taller than the woman sitting aside and she also sits somewhat behind. Photographer stands ...
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How to shoot a reflection in a ball bearing without appearing in it?

I'm thinking in several options: Put a timer on the camera, and "duck and hide" Use a remote trigger, and just hide. Point the lights away from you and the camera. You most likely are using diffused ...
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How to photograph frost and snow sparkling?

Take video instead. A sparkling effect is inherently time-dependent, with tiny points of light appearing and disappearing with even the tiniest bit of motion. A few seconds of video would convey that ...
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How do I photograph large appliances with glass doors for product showcasing?

I use for reference the first half page of hits when I search "product photographs industrial refrigerator"… You'll notice the very first thing you are going to need is a white room, or if budget is ...
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Why is the phone reflected in a photo it took?

Looks like a reflection from glass. You probably took this image from inside or through a glass barrier. At least you did not use flash, otherwise you would have just seen a big bright blob.
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How to shoot a reflection in a ball bearing without appearing in it?

If you have a higher budget, or access to a room with one, and the shot wouldn't be spoiled by re-location, you could use a one-way mirror to hide yourself and your camera from view. Just make sure ...
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How to "NOT" photograph reflections on water

Use a polarizing filter, which will filter out light polarized in a certain direction (turn the filter until the desired effect is achieved). This works, because reflected light is polarized in the ...
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How to digitally remove reflections on vertical glass fronts?

Although I am not a Gimp User, but the process I use in Photoshop will most likely be very similar and it should not take more than 5 minutes to reach a satisfactory result. I will start with the ...
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Avoiding reflections when taking close-ups of a wrist-watches dial

Suggestions to let the watch reflect less light: You can use a dulling spray of clear lacquer from the art store. You can use a mixture of water and talcum powder and spray this over the watch. ...
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How to "NOT" photograph reflections on water

If you want to get the effect without photoshop trickery there are couple of factors to think about. Generally reflections off of medium boundary (like water) are governed by Frensell equations that ...
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How to shoot a reflection in a ball bearing without appearing in it?

Note: this was answered before the question was edited to remove the "mirror" in the title How to shoot a reflection in a highly reflective surface (mirror, ball bearing, et cet) without me ...
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Avoiding reflections when taking close-ups of a wrist-watches dial

In some product shoots they remove the glass cover. Period. But as you can not do that, make one light setup with all the surrounding lights, forget the glass cover, and make a second shoot covering ...
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How can I photograph reflective surfaces without the camera being visible?

Put your glass vertically so that you can see through it (A). Put a piece of black cloth far away behind the glass (B). Put a flash on top of the glass, almost (C). Use some cardboard or some ...
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Take photos of items inside display case

So, how do one take photos of items inside display case? A circular polarizing filter will help you reduce reflections. You don't necessarily have to push your lens up against the glass -- just ...
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How to digitally remove reflections on vertical glass fronts?

I could come up with the following using Gimp: As you can see, I only removed the reflection at the word "Erkner". You would probably get better results using a RAW version of the photo and ...
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How to photograph frost and snow sparkling?

You might try a "Starburst" filter? I know they were available years ago from "Cokin" I think. Basically a clear filter that had a very fine pattern of crosses etched into its surface. Perhaps if you'...
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How to shoot a reflection in a ball bearing without appearing in it?

Poking a hole into a large sheet works, but damages the sheet. Instead, use two white sheets that are held together by clamps. The space in between two clamps acts like a hole, without actually being ...
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Avoiding reflections when taking close-ups of a wrist-watches dial

You could also invest in a good Circular Polarizer (CPL), which removes/reduces reflections and glares like a charm. Some examples to see for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhT05YQD4DM (...
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How do I photograph large appliances with glass doors for product showcasing?

With reflective surfaces you do not remove the reflections. Instead, you give it something pleasing to reflect. That's what the white room/walls do... they provide a continuous smooth white reflection/...
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What to look out for when shooting in direct sunlight, causing hard shadows and shiny patches on water?

The answers to the linked question address two technical problems, angle of incidence and polarization associated with specular highlights. You should also worry about the clouds, they are way too ...
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What do I need to know about using a polarizing filter at night?

A polarizer can make some reflections disappear or, if rotated 90 degrees, it can make the reflections stronger. In general, transparent materials, like window glass, water and even air, affect the ...
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