I want to take video of one part of the of production process of glass pressing: gob delivery. I want to assess the shape of the gob, dimensions, and position in the mold.

I do not know much about video techniques, so I tried to use my cellphone camera with very bad results. The main problem seems to be the brightness of the glass.

So I was wondering, what are the most important factors to take into consideration when taking this kind of footage? Should I use special camera? Maybe I should use filters, or maybe I need to know a particular postprocessing technique.

Can anybody shed some light on this issue?

  • If the video is to bright, you can buy a ND-Filter. Sadly good ones cist around 200$. But you may find some for rentinf. Commented Mar 9, 2019 at 9:06

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What this comes down to is what's referred to as dynamic range. The wider the dynamic range the more detail you will see between the darkest darks and brightest lights. The human eye has a very large dynamic range, much larger than a camera. Cell phones are alright but dont have a very large dynamic range compared to a dslr or camcorder. (This is immediately evident if youve ever tried to take a photo with your phone of a beautiful sunset only to be underwhelmed by the resulting photo compared to the reality.)

It sounds like all you need to do is manually adjust the exposure down a few stops until just the glass is exposed. If you have a dslr try snagging a set of ND filters for the lens you'll shoot with. The ND filter (neutral density filter) works to allow you to adjust the exposure of the image if you are dealing with extreme brightness either from the environment or due to your aperture/shutter/ISO settings.

Hope this helps! Feel free to message me if you need any help!

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