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Looking for "how to" for shooting up through glass

 
AngelaBoone
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Nov 11, 2010 21:28 |  #1

I am interested in setting up a shoot where my subject is on top of a piece of glass and I am shooting up at them. I can't find any information on the web about how to effectively make this happen. I'm having a hard time even finding samples... I saw it done several years back on American Idol and they were very cool photos. Would love to try it with babies. Any ideas out there or has anyone done this?




  
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Nov 12, 2010 10:23 |  #2

Wow, if this is not done properly I can see some attorney getting real rich real quick. The photographer places the baby on a sheet of glass, the glass breaks, baby gets lots of cuts, loses lots of blood, but survives and winds up with lots of scars. The jury awards the baby's mother 3 million dollars. Your insurance kicks in 1 million, and you sell everything you own and come up with another $300,000. Now all you need as another 1.7 million! (Can you tell I used to be a claims adjustor for a major insurance company?)

If I were going to do this I would use plexiglass.......I think.

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Nov 12, 2010 19:17 |  #3

Had to do some digging around to find this, but Chase Jarvis has a rig he built for exactly that! Check out his video here where he goes over what they did

http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=O3UFcv6YeTo&h​d=1 (external link)


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Nov 13, 2010 10:12 |  #4

AngelaBoone wrote in post #11269013 (external link)
I am interested in setting up a shoot where my subject is on top of a piece of glass and I am shooting up at them.



One item you need to add to your gear for this type of shoot is a polarizing filter as that will help to negate any reflections off of the glass that you are shooting through.

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Nov 13, 2010 10:30 |  #5

Benji wrote in post #11271520 (external link)
The photographer places the baby on a sheet of glass, the glass breaks, baby gets lots of cuts, loses lots of blood, but survives and winds up with lots of scars.



A little common sense combined with some basic engineering will eliminate that as a possibility.

http://www.store.novad​isplay.com/Products/Sh​elves_PROD/SPECS/Glass​_Loads.PDF (external link)

A few years back I shot a nude where the model who weighted about 105 lbs was illuminated from the back and underneath by having her sit upon a 1 inch glass plate covered with an off-white sheet supported by two heavy duty saw horses and nary a problem nor would there be as we never came close to the load capacity of the glass.

If I were going to do this I would use plexiglass.......I think.



Plexiglas doesn’t work well for this type of application as it is considerably more reflective than glass requiring considerable masking or post claenup. Also like plate glass if overloaded Plexiglas will suddenly crack revealing rather sharp edges.

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