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Photograph with Black Plexi Closeup
Have you ever used black plexiglass to photograph your subject closeup? If not… you need to! It’s challenging, but a challenge worth taking. You’ll create beautiful elegant creative work with it.
So let’s get to it…
Below is the plexi I use, but you can use anything that’s black and reflective:
A bit behind the scenes… These are from the video replay of the workshop I did for our membership program. 🙂
Here are your tips…
Depending on your setup…it’s best to bounce the light into the plexiglass using a reflector or anything you have where you can have the light hit it and point to the subject.
If you want the reflection and main subject in focus, you may need to focus stack if you’re really up close. It’s worth the extra time for sure!
Keep a soft dust rag nearby, trust me, you can see ALL of the dust! You’ll have some anyway, but better to try and remove as much dust as possible so you’re not cleaning so much in post-production.
Lighting your subject is fun, but you will most likely need a couple of lights unless you shoot HDR (multiple exposures merged into one image). You’ll light the main subject, then add more light to the reflection in the glass.
Water drops are fun, but can be messy. Keep a soft rag around to remove unwanted drops on your glass, again…. you don’t want to be in photoshop for hours just to remove drops.
In the work below I added some texture for some fun. If you would like some of my free textures sign-up here and you’ll also get insider info from me and challenges to keep you thinking and stepping out of your comfort zone.
In this last shot, I had the flower on a plamp, so I just touched the glass. I shot this in the workshop live with our members on how to photograph on black plexiglass. It was so much fun… I highly recommend you playing with black plexi.
There you go…7 tips to get you started. Let’s recap…
- Bounce light
- Focus Stack
- Use a dust cloth to remove dust
- Add a second light or shoot HDR
- Keep a rag to remove water drops on plexi
- Add some texture in post for fun
- Use a plamp to hold subjects
If you have any questions, feel free to ask below and share a link or two if you have any black plexiglass work you’ve done!
Cheers to plexiglass… it’s so much fun!