any way to cut out glare from this old 1900 photo/ portrait?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Z, Jul 17, 2013.

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    Z Guest

    I recently acquired an old 1900 photo or portrait that is mounted inside
    of a larger 20x30 wooden picture frame, also from the same time.
    Anywhere I mount this in the house, I am getting a lot of glare and it's
    difficult to see the picture well. I was going to carefully try to
    remove the glass, but the wooden boards holding the picture in place are
    nailed to the frame, and it looks too fragile to try and force a
    separation. So, the obvious problem being the glare, is there any way I
    can reduce it? I've tried moving it to various other wall locations,
    but there's still too much glare. I was in one of the hobby shops and
    they mentioned that they could replace the glass with "museum glass" but
    at $85 and the fact that they have to open the frame, I am reluctant to
    pursue this course (although I wonder if it would be possible to simply
    place a piece of museum glass over the original glass and this would
    stop the glare as I suspect the museum glass is simply polarized glass).

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Z, Jul 17, 2013
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  2. You need it to be beightly lit whilst the environs are somewhat darker so
    the reflections are dimmer than the picture. Try lighting it with a
    spotlight positioned at a sharp angle so that the light isn't reflected in
    the glass from the viewing position.
    Gordon Freeman, Jul 17, 2013
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    dadiOH Guest

    Polarized would do nothing. Lightly frosted would but unless the frosted
    side is next to the picture it will obscure it to a greater or lesser
    degree; ditto with spraying the outside of the glass with matte lacquer.

    Surely there is SOMEWHERE you can put it without getting a reflection. Try
    hanging it so the top tips down some.



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    dadiOH, Jul 17, 2013
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    Mort Guest

    I have had some success taking copy pictures on a cloudy day, which
    minimizes shadows and reflections. For pictures such as yours, a ring
    light with 2 crossed polarizing filters is helpful, but you have to have
    the (expensive) equipment on hand.

    Mort Linder
    Mort, Jul 18, 2013
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    Savageduck Guest

    I can think of a few suggestions, but nothing absolutely foolproof.
    1. Location, location, location. Move the frame to a position where the
    reflections are minimized. I know you have tried this, but I am sure
    there is some place it will work.
    2. Position the frame on the wall so that it is not flat against the
    wall, adjusting the surface of the glass so it is angled towards the
    floor rather than directly towards a light source.
    3. Use a specialist framer, or even an antique restorer rather than a
    hobby shop to replace the glass with non-reflective museum glass.
    4. If the photograph is on mounting board and matted, have the glass
    removed from the frame. The caveat here is, the photo will not be
    protected and might be vulnerable to light degradation.

    I suspect the best solution is going to be a combination of 1, 2, & 3.

    Good luck.
    I think you have misunderstood Zorida's problem & query. She is
    concerned with viewing not photographing or copying the framed picture.
    Savageduck, Jul 18, 2013
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    Joel Guest

    20x30 is a large size that I have no personal experience. With smaller size
    around 8x10 anf little larger then quite often I have to bring outside
    trying to find a good Location and Position to snap couple *without* using

    It's a very tough job so good luck!
    Joel, Jul 19, 2013
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