When it comes to gear, work with a macro or telephoto lens (one with macro capabilities) if you have access to either. This will allow you to get your lens very close to the glass ball, which makes it much easier to keep things focused and sharp. Once you’re set up and ready to shoot, try an aperture of f/4 to start- this is just large enough to gently blur the background while keeping the subject within the glass ball well-focused. Depending on the scene you’re photographing, you might need to toggle the f-stop to adjust, but f/4 is a great place to start. 

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