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How do you take good shots through glass?
I've never figure out how to solve this problem so I'm hoping you guys can help me resolve it. For example, at the museum certain artifacts are on display behind glass. If I try to take a picture, I often get some sort of reflection appearing in the picture. This problem also occurs if I try to take a picture through the Windows from a high rise. How can I eliminate this problem from occurring?..

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Make sure glass is clean?.

Get real close to glass?.

Make sure camera isn't using infra-red AF, or you it will attempt to focus on the glass itself..

For shop windows/display cabinets, use polarizing filter & shoot @ about 30 degrees to the glass..

Ensure, if possible, that the scene beyond the glass is brighter than that on the camera side..

Any other suggestions?..

Comment #1

Mikelis wrote:.

Make sure glass is clean?.

Get real close to glass?.

Make sure camera isn't using infra-red AF, or you it will attempt tofocus on the glass itself..

For shop windows/display cabinets, use polarizing filter & shoot @about 30 degrees to the glass..

Ensure, if possible, that the scene beyond the glass is brighter thanthat on the camera side..

Any other suggestions?.

Can you post a picture of what you mean by shooting at 30 degrees?..

Comment #2

Not much you can do..

1. Get as close to the glass as possible.2. Find an angle that the light doesn't reflect from..

Comment #3

Sorry, unable to post pictures..

What I meant by "shooting" at 30 degrees to the glass is that the angle between the line of sight of the camera's lens and the plane of the glass (ie, the angle of incidence) is 30 degrees..

When using the polarizing filter, you will need to rotate the filter until you get the maximum effect (ie, be able to see minimum reflections). What's more, not all polarizing filters are created equal; some (price!) are more effective than others..

Oh, and BTW, do not use flash...

Comment #4

In a museum, try putting the end of the lens mount against the glass but check the lens won't be touched (probably unlikely). The glass will then be ignored as the camera will see it as a (dirty) filter..

The trouble with shooting through glass is that you have to accept slight compromises. But the above method works well..

Regards, David..

Comment #5

Besides what you've already been told. Use a rubber lens hood pressed up against the glass and shoot at a slight angle. Carry a piece of black fabric and use it to eliminate reflections from the glass if you can't get close enough with the front of the lens..

Taking pictures through a window is easy if you put the front of the lens up against the glass. But you will see some image degradation, like lowering of contrast, from the glass..

Sgt_Strider wrote:.

I've never figure out how to solve this problem so I'm hoping youguys can help me resolve it. For example, at the museum certainartifacts are on display behind glass. If I try to take a picture, Ioften get some sort of reflection appearing in the picture. Thisproblem also occurs if I try to take a picture through the Windowsfrom a high rise. How can I eliminate this problem from occurring?.

Larry Bermanhttp://BermanGraphics.com..

Comment #6

If you expect to be shooting, wear darker clothing. You can't control others, but you won't become part of the shot..

[ e d @ h a l l e yc c ] http://www.halley.cc/pix/..

Comment #7

If you guys say is true about image degradation through shooting in the glass and window, how do people out there take amazing shots? Are they using very fancy equipment or what? On Flickr some dude took an amazing shot from a high rise in Shanghai. The image looked fine to me...

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Sgt_Strider wrote:.

If you guys say is true about image degradation through shooting inthe glass and window, how do people out there take amazing shots? Arethey using very fancy equipment or what? On Flickr some dude took anamazing shot from a high rise in Shanghai. The image looked fine tome..

Images on websites are not the original which may be 3, 5, 8, 10 etc up to 36 megapixels or so (if we are talking about pro's with pro cameras and digital backs on them). Think of a 1024 x 768 monitor as a (roughly) megapixel monitor and you'll realise that the image is reduced a lot. And reducing the images reduces the chances of you seeing flaws in it. (Is that why 4" x 6" is so popular?).

Further proof, think of all those pictures that look great on screen but which won't stand printing at even A4, just because it enlarges the flaws..

Check with a printer (the human sort) and he/she will tell you that the best artwork is large but printed small improves it a lot. You can even do corrections to typo's on sticky paper and no one will notice that they are stuck on and slightly misaligned, if and only if the work is reduced in size..

Regards, David..

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