November 17th, 2014
I am currently shooting for a glass company to showcase their work on mostly large corporate buildings. Do you know of any good resources for getting the best window photos without all the reflections etc? I usually try to shoot around dusk, but I am fighting with almost mirror like reflections at times. I need to get interior shots but mostly exterior.
I don’t use flash extensively but do mostly HDR. The reflections I pick up in the windows are simply of the items in the room as I try to shoot later in the day so the windows are a bit darker and tend to become mirror-like.
Laura, The first thing to try is a circular polarizing filter (C-PL). However, my experience is that the C-PL will frequently reduce but not completely eliminate the reflections.
Another approach do dealing with reflections is to understand the physics behind reflections. A great resource for this the book Light: science and Magic: And Introduction to Photographic Lighting. In Chapter 3, this book explains how to manage reflections and the different types of reflections. There are actually different kinds of reflections. direct reflections, diffuse reflections and polarized reflections.
Here’s an article from photoreview.com.au that has a bunch of suggestions for ways to deal with reflections.
Anyone have any specific suggestions for Laura?