How to take a photo through a window

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Taking photos through a window isn't as easy as just pointing and shooting. However, it isn't as difficult as rocket science. If you don't know how to shoot through a window, you're gonna learn today!

Things you'll need:

  • DSLR Camera
  • Clean-ish Window
  • Subject

My first shot through the window was like this:

As you can see, my subject doesn't show up clearly. Even though I think this is a cool photo, this wasn't the look I was going for. 

Aaaahh, that's more like it!

If you want to achieve a similar look, here are 3 tips for photography through a window.

1. Use a prime lens
This type of lens is faster and produces less camera shake. This means you'll have a crisper image and enhanced depth of field. My photos were taken at with a 50 MM 1.8.

2. Get Focused
Find a focal point. If you are shooting a person, the eyes are the best focal point for portraits. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. You might get some blurry images, but it's okay keep shooting.

3. Find your sweet spot(s)
Don't get stuck taking photos in one spot. Experiment taking photos at different angles to reveal interesting reflections and lighting.

I hope these tips help when you take photos through a window. Here's a couple more photos from my first through the window photoshoot.

Question of the day: Do you have any tips and tricks to add? Let me know in the comments.

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