I recently made a set of pendants for an upcoming gallery show and wanted to take some quick photos of my work for my personal records. I didn't want to set up my whole photography setup so I grabbed my point and shoot camera and a large white envelope that was sitting on my desk and proceeded to start taking photos.
|My studio window...nice and big! Look at all of that natural light!|
With the above setup, I took this photo:
Which produced this photo:
A little bit of adjusting and moving the paper around while looking at my camera's screen to watch how the light changed with each movement allowed me to cut down even more of the glare to take this photo of one of the other pieces:
|"untitled" - lampwork glass bead by Beth Knapp Tyner|
pendant design and fabrication by Marlo Miyashiro
Bouncing light off of a white surface softens the light but keeps it brighter than filtering light through translucent material. Give this white paper trick a try the next time you're sitting at your desk next to a window. You might be surprised with the results!