Egg Tempera Forums

Go Back   Egg Tempera Forums > The Forums > Other Art Related Issues

Other Art Related Issues Discuss other art related issues not connected with tempera

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 23-08-05, 06:13 PM
Posts: n/a
Default Photographing gold

I paint in egg tempera with watergilded gold and am having trouble photographing. I am familiar with Cyndij's techniques and have used similar processes with my oils etc. I am finding that the gold and varnishes produce intense glare which requires me to bounce the light off ceilings and white foam core. This is tricky and causes my photos to be too dark. Basically I cannot use direct light. I am looking to purchase photo umbrellas as a way to diffuse and soften the light. I would like any advice on umbrellas or other techniques that have worked well for photographing gold, especially larger work (my work varies from 25" to 50"). My equipment setup is a Canon Powershot A300 3.2 Meg, three halogen flood lights, and black felt backing. Thanks

-Nathan DiPietro
Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-05, 01:11 AM
Bert Congdon's Avatar
Bert Congdon Bert Congdon is offline
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Huntsville, TX
Posts: 161
Default Photographing gold

You don't need umbrellas. Put one light far right and one far left, no further out from the plane of the painting than 45%. To remove glare, use a piece of polarizing plastic in front of each light, both going exactly the same way. Place a polarizing filter on the camers going the other way. Place a light bulb in the scene, look through the lense and turn the filter until the highlights on the bulb disapear. By the way, polarizing only works on non-conductors. For the gold just make sure your lights are close enough to the plain of the art.

Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-05, 11:52 PM
Posts: n/a

Thankyou for the reply Bert. I am using a small digital camera with no optical zoom so I cannot attach a polarizing filter to it. Fortunantly I have been having success with the umbrellas by placing them close to the painting and placing the lights 5-8 feet back. This creates a softbox around the painting and softens the light wonderfully. Also allot of Photoshop helps. 8-)
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Price of Gold Andrea Other Art Related Issues 1 28-08-06 09:02 PM
gold leaf over tempera JeanM The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 14 28-05-06 09:20 PM
Bole under gold leaf? Bert Congdon The Forum for Tempera Painting Issues 4 06-12-05 03:29 AM
Photographing your artwork Part I Anonymous Other Art Related Issues 3 09-01-05 07:01 PM
Photographing your artwork - Part II Anonymous Other Art Related Issues 0 02-10-03 08:48 PM

All times are GMT. The time now is 09:02 AM.
Design modifications, graphics and CSS by RobM
June 2010

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.