Taking photos of damage on glass
If you're dealing with scratches in glass and need to document the damage for repair purposes, taking clear and detailed photos can be challenging. Here are some tips on how to take photos of scratches in glass:
Clean the glass: Make sure to clean the glass surface to remove any dirt or debris that could obscure the scratches. Use a clean, lint-free cloth and a gentle glass cleaner to avoid confusing dirt with damage.
Get close: Look up how to take macro photos with your camera/phone. Zoom in and move back while making sure it’s in focus to capture the details of the damage. This will help you get a clear picture of the scratches, making it easier for professionals to assess and repair.
Use a pencil: Use a pencil to point to the damage. This will give the camera something to focus on at the surface and not look through the glass. It will also give scale so that the size of items in the photo are obvious.
If you need to mark scratches: When polishing glass we’ll use a black, dry erase marker to mark the damage on the opposite side of the glass from the damage. That way we can polish and examine where the scratches were and not remove our marks.
Take multiple shots: Take several photos from different angles to capture the scratches from all sides. This will give you a comprehensive view of the damage, making it easier for professionals to assess and repair.
Use a light: Take photos with a light source at various angles to see what works best or try at different times of the day.
Label your photos: Once you have taken your photos, make sure to label them clearly with the date, time, and any other relevant information. We also like to see the area around the glass to gauge difficulty of access.
In conclusion, documenting scratches in glass with clear photos is essential for repair purposes. By following these tips, you can ensure that you capture all the details of the scratches, including their scale and location, making it easier for professionals to assess and repair the damage.