It’s often tempting–or unavoidable–to take photos through a window or glass door, but it’s not always easy to get great images shooting this way. There are some tricks that you should know beforehand to ensure you get great photos without unwanted reflections. In the video tutorial below, Gavin Hoey shares some helpful tips to get you started:
There’s more to shooting through a window than you might have thought. Here’s a run through of everything Gavin covered in the clip:
If you are still struggling to eliminate the reflections like those in the photo above, you can use a trick called the black bag trick. To do this without any special equipment, simply hold up a black cloth–a sheet, jacket, bag, whatever you have–in front of the source of the reflection. This should result in a much cleaner image, like the one below:
Lastly, a great tool to use when photographing through glass is a polarizing filter, such as the Hoya Multi-Coated Circular Polarizing Filter. The filter easily screws onto the front of your lens and makes for a quick and easy adjustment to further reduce reflection.
There are times when shooting through glass is unavoidable, but you don’t have to settle for less than ideal shots. These simple solutions will quickly improve any image you take through a window.