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Now onto the inside peek, this time from the book Shooting with Soul: 44 Photography Exercises Exploring Life, Beauty and Self-Expression.
We all window shop, right? Why not turn it into a photo op and try taking some interesting shots of store windows and the reflections you can catch using these tips from the book Shooting with Soul.
1. When shooting a window display or storefront, you can choose to include or avoid reflections.
2. To avoid reflections, shoot within shadowed areas (even using your own shadow projected onto the glass), shoot at an angle of 45 degrees to the window, shoot through a hole on black cardboard or fabric, or place your camera right against the glass. You can also shoot at night if the window’s interior is well illuminated.
3. When including reflections, make sure they do not compete with the focal point. Use reflections for an artistic look and to highlight or frame your subjects.
Depending on your camera:
• Use a polarizing filter to remove or reduce reflections. Place this magic filter on your lens and slowly rotate the filter until the reflections and glare are gone. The results are astounding!
• Make sure that your flash is off to avoid additional glare.
• Photograph seasonal window decorations.
• Picture a live window display.
• Shoot the front window of a restaurant, bakery, or café.
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