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Mason Resnick is the editor of the Adorama Learning Center and a lifetime photography enthusiast.

Go ahead...let your photographic subject be a real pane.

I do windows. No, not Microsoft's operating system, but actual windows. Windows range from common to unusual, and can be a source of photographic inspiration.


Sometimes it’s the window itself that’s interesting. Other times, it’s part of an interesting exterior. Quite often, there’s something up against the window inside that plays off whatever is right outside, creating an interesting juxtaposition. And occasionally, shooting out through a window will, literally, frame the image better than if I’d opened up the window and just stuck the camera out and started shooting.


I took a reading off the tea kettle to get the exposure I wanted. Camera: Nikon D40x with 18-55mm kit lens.

When shooting through a window from the outside, you may want to use a polarizer to cut reflections. On the other hand, sometimes what is reflected in the glass is what makes the shot interesting.

When shooting through a window from the inside, base exposure on what you want to be seen most clearly. If that is something outside, make sure to meter the outside. If something interesting is sitting on the windowsill, expose for that object.



While the floral arrangement hanging from this window caught my eye, it’s the reflections of the trees that made a difference. Camera: Canon Powershot S3


















I chose B&W and increased contrast to more dramatically depict this window in a colonial-era house. Camera: Olympus Stylus 810. Photos by Mason Resnick

 

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