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Old 12th of November 2012 (Mon)   #1
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Arrow Taking photos through glass window

I have the opportunity to photograph wildlife from a hide at night which has glass windows.

A slave flash system is in place to capture the mammals from about 15 metres, and subdued lighting is in place which is turned up as the mammals continue to feed

I will be using a 7D and 300mm f2.8 MK II

Will the glass make any noticeable difference to image quality, and has anyone any tips/advice/experience on such things?

Many thanks
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Old 12th of November 2012 (Mon)   #2
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Default Re: Taking photos through glass window

i doubt it, if i read this right you're not firing the flash thru the glass. there are nice bird shots in the bird photo section of shots thru glass. This should be easy enough to test, stick something out there and shoot it.
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Old 12th of November 2012 (Mon)   #3
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Default Re: Taking photos through glass window

To prevent any reflection of the flash or anything else on the window showing in your pics, make sure your lens is right up against the glass.
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Default Re: Taking photos through glass window

Depends on location and direction of flash.
Run some test shots.
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Flash to take photos of birds? Don't you think that is a little bit extreme?
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Flash to take photos of birds? Don't you think that is a little bit extreme?
Nope. Flash can be about the direction and quality of the light, not just the amount of light.
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Old 15th of November 2012 (Thu)   #7
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Glass matters. The fastest way to turn a $5000 lens into a $50 lens is to shoot through an old window. I have done the experiments.
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If the glass is clean and you bring your lens very close to the glass surface, then it should not pose an issue. As far as using flash, try to place a remote unit on the outside or placing it right up to the glass surface should be fine too.
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Glass matters. The fastest way to turn a $5000 lens into a $50 lens is to shoot through an old window. I have done the experiments.
Screwing on a $25 filter does a pretty good job, too.
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I always have issues with glare when shooting through glass
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Default Re: Taking photos through glass window

I've had to do some recent shooting through window glass. Not the best conditions, but still you can do OK. As was said, get your lens front element right up there, and don't shoot at a real narrow aperture. And, make sure the flash doesn't bounce into your field of view on the glass!

Here's a shot I did a few days ago, and then a close crop of a similar shot:



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I have the opportunity to photograph wildlife from a hide at night which has glass windows.

A slave flash system is in place to capture the mammals from about 15 metres, and subdued lighting is in place which is turned up as the mammals continue to feed

I will be using a 7D and 300mm f2.8 MK II

Will the glass make any noticeable difference to image quality, and has anyone any tips/advice/experience on such things?

Many thanks
I agree with the others, shooting thru glass can be challenging depending the quality and cleanliness of the glass. if the flash is not going thru the window then it may work out, I would try and test it out before the night you're shooting
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