This section is from the book "Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography", by J. B. Schriever. Also available from Amazon: Complete Self-Instructing Library Of Practical Photography.
Silverware, Trophies, Etc. Silver trophies, coffee services, and similar subjects, may be handled in the same manner as already described for glass and chinaware. Careful attention, however, must be given to the arrangement of such subjects, and when photographing silver trophies where there is any lettering, dedication, or other engraving, this should, of course, be brought prominently to the front. With the light coming from one side the lettering or engraving will show clearly. Silverware is best photographed against a black velvet ground. In the case of a cup or trophy, a block or plinth covered with black velvet cloth should be used on which to support the object.
Plates. For photographing ornamental or painted china, a slow orthochromatic plate, together with a four-times screen, should be employed, so as to give a correct rendering of the color values. For objects of one color the ordinary plate will answer - preferably a slow plate with long exposure.
Development. Development should be carried to a point where all detail is full and soft. The little highlights which appear on cut-glass or down the side of a vase should show clear and strong, as these high-lights are essential to give the necessary roundness. The formula and instruction for special exposure and development given in Volume II is particularly recommended for this class of work.
Photo by Harry C. Peterson, Palo Alto, Cal.
Illustration No. 60a
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Illustration No. 61
Continuous Background (Vignetted Cut)
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Illustration No. 62
Continuous Background (Plain Photograph
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