Laws of Light: How to Light Glass

On this video, part of a series “laws of light” by photographer Jay P. Morgan from the Slanted Lens we look at how to best light glass to get the best results.

Morgan gives 3 different lighting setups that can help you get better glass shots:

  • Narrow Beam of Light on the Background – This is pretty straight forward get a narrow beam of light directed at a white background. Using small pieces of a white background will give you more contrast at the edges.
  • Using Plexiglass – You can shine your light behind the glass through a sheet of frosted plexiglass – you might want to add a bit more diffusion to your light to prevent getting a hotspot in the center.
  • Using a Softbox – this is probably the simplest of them all – just put a softbox with double diffusion (inside and out) and set it at a relatively low power behind your glass and shoot. can’t get much easier than that.

This is not the first time we take a look at shooting glass – you might also want to watch photographer David Bergman’s video on the subject as well as Morgan previous video on the subject.

You can check out the rest of the Laws of Light videos we published in the past from this series on this link.

You can find a lot more lighting tutorials on our photography lighting section here on LensVid, and you can find all of Jay P. Morgan’s videos here on LensVid on the following link.

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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