How to Photograph a Plaque

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How to Photograph a Plaque
A plaque's metal surface makes it a challenge to photograph. ( Images)

Taking a photograph of a plaque presents a special challenge because of the plaque's reflective surface. Without taking the steps to prevent the reflection of light, the photograph will contain the undesired image of the camera's light reflecting off the plaque's surface. However, there are guidelines to preventing light reflection from showing up in the final photograph. They involve adjusting the camera's light meter and setting up objects to absorb the light and make a better final photograph.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Two studio lights
  • Two reflector cards

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  1. 1

    Place the plaque in the desired position for your photograph. Whether it is hanging on a wall or placed flat on a table, ensure that it is set up for the shot you want.

  2. 2

    Locate the spot meter on your camera. The spot meter has an asterisk next to it. Press the spot meter button to analyse the lightest and darkest points on the plaque. Choose the exposure that is the midpoint of the lightest and darkest points.

  3. 3

    Set up the studio lights so that they are at each side of the plaque. Aim them slightly away from the plaque and up toward the ceiling. This creates a layer of light that will reduce the amount of reflection when the camera light hits the plaque's surface.

  4. 4

    Position the reflector cards just above the studio lights. Place the cards at a 45 degree angle near the side of the plaque. Aim the studio lights toward the cards to ensure that the studio light beams bounce off the cards.

  5. 5

    Take a test picture. Observe the exposure and ensure that none of the photograph is underexposed or overexposed. Analyse the picture for any reflection of the studio lights. Make adjustments to the lights or your camera exposure until you have the desired photograph of the plaque.

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