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Shooting through glass

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February 25th, 2015
shooting photo through glass
shooting photo through glass

How can you resist shooting the beautiful scenes that unfold before your eyes as you travel—whether by car, bus, train, or plane? The view might be a child riding a bike, a river snaking through the mountains, or an old barn in decline. There is nothing to stop you except the glass between you and that urban scene or country landscape? 

Here’s how you can capture those memories forever despite this obstacle.  

Turn off your flash. Your target is too far away for the flash to be effective anyway, but, more importantly, you won’t get the flash reflecting back into the lens.

Hold the lens of your camera as close to the glass as you can. In fact, press it against the glass. This will help ensure that you don’t capture any reflections from behind you. Also, give the glass a swipe to remove smudges or dirt. Don’t be too concerned about this because the glass, and what’s on it, will most likely be out of focus anyway.

More tips

Eliminate blur caused by the movement of the vehicle by setting the camera to a fast shutter speed—1/60 of a second or faster is good. If you’re in auto mode and it’s a sunny day, the camera should automatically set the proper exposure. 

Minimize camera shake by anchoring yourself to the vehicle. Try bracing your elbows on the windowsill or seat back to give you a solid foundation.

Take advantage of the occasions when your vehicle stops. The absence of movement will help you get a rock-steady picture. That’s a great time for people shots or closeup photos. 

When it’s raining, urban scenes lend themselves to unusual photos—sometimes beautiful and unique. And guess what? You and your camera won’t get wet. How nice is that! 

Be fast on the trigger. There’s little time to think about composition and whether it’s a good shot or not.  Shoot it! The worse that can happen is that you will delete it. One last but very important bit of advice—be the passenger—don’t drive and photograph.