How to take pictures through a window and avoid reflections

How to take pictures through a window and avoid reflections

When traveling, it’s common to take pictures through a window in your hotel or museum… or anywhere you may find yourself. But too often reflections are visible in your images. If you can’t open a window, here is a quick way to minimise reflections when you take pictures through a window.

How to take pictures through a window and avoid reflections

You don’t want pictures like this!

Ideally, you need the inside of the room to be as dark as possible, compared with outdoors.

A natural reaction is to draw the curtains, leaving only a small opening for the camera.

However, most curtains have a light-coloured lining, so they’ll bounce light from outside back onto the glass.

You’ll have more success draping a dark T-shirt around the lens.

Shoot from as close as possible to the window but, if you’re using an SLR, don’t allow the end of the lens to touch the glass.

This can blur the results by exaggerating mirror-bounce.

Try to avoid ultra-wide-angle focal lengths, too, because these further increase the risk of reflections.

How to take pictures through a window and avoid reflections

You want pictures like this!

Final Tip
Some modern high-rise hotels use polarising glass in their windows. Beware of using a circular polarising filter in these conditions, as you’ll probably get unwanted and pronounced colour shifts across different areas of your images.

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