Cappasity Easy 3D Scan Tutorial: How to Shoot Glass Objects

Jul 26 · 3 min read

Shooting glass objects, especially if they are transparent, can be quite a challenging task, but it is easily feasible with Easy 3D Scan. Here at Cappasity we have prepared a set of foolproof instructions on how to get a perfect 3D View of virtually any glass object. Let’s dive right in.

Photographing glass objects is considered to be one of the most challenging tasks in commercial studio photography. It seems like getting an image of a glass object without any reflections is next to impossible. Glass has a highly reflective, glossy surface, which has to be meticulously cleaned before shooting, as any impurities will immediately show up on the resulting image. Additionally, if the glass is transparent, it tends to blend in with the background, which is unacceptable for making a 3D View.

We have collected several simple tips that will help you get the perfect 3D View of virtually any glass item in just a few steps.

To make the best 3D image of glass objects, you will need:

  • A turntable
  • A 4K resolution digital camera
  • A semi-transparent backdrop
  • 4 studio lights (at least 120W)
  • Black flags

Transparent, colorless glass objects are especially tricky to shoot, as their edges could easily blend in with the white background, making the image quite difficult to read. To avoid that and separate your item from the background, set up black flags on the sides of the object and above it.



Shooting glass bottles

When shooting bottles made of transparent glass, it is especially important to be weary of the reflections in the glass. When you are shooting a bottle on a table, the glass will pick up the reflection and it will show in the resulting 3D View. To avoid that you can put the bottle on an elevated rotating stand. This way, the surface of the table won’t be reflected in the bottle glass.



How to darken the bottle

If the bottom of the bottle is highly visible in the image, prepare a bottle-shaped gradient filter made of plastic or paper and set it behind the bottle. It will help to even out the color on the bottle and darken the glass on the 3D View.


A gradient filter:


With these simple tips you can create high-quality 3D Views of wine bottles, transparent glassware, or other glass objects. Stay tuned for more easy-to-follow tutorials on creating immersive content! Follow us on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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