Shooting pictures from your hotel room
Your camera settings aren’t the only thing to worry about when taking photos through glass?
When you travel often the best view of where you are is from your hotel room. How many times have you gotten to your room whipped open the drapes and went wow what a view. The view can be downtown of a famous city or at a natural wonder of the world. Before you unpack your luggage you pull out your camera and start to take photos through the hotel room window.
Back home you take a look at your photos and realize that every shot has a reflection showing your luggage laying on your bed. Great another wasted photo.
How do you remove reflections in hotel windows?
The key to reducing or eliminating reflection when you take a photo through your hotel room window, or for that matter any window is…
Top tips for taking pictures through glass
- Reduce any lighting in your room. Turn the night table lights off, turn the bathroom light off make it as dark as possible.
- Get up close – put the lens hood on and get up,real close to the window
- Rubber lens hood – for a few bucks you can buy a rubber lens hood. This allows you to press your lens tight to the glass while moving the camera to get different views
You can try using polarizing filters to try and cut down on the reflection but this will require more light outdoors. Often you’ll need a tripod to steady the shot.
The two photos were taken outside my window in Ottawa Canada. One shot shows the reflection of the outside window and the other is an early morning photo of the sun beaming down on the capital.