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    Default How to avoid reflection from windows?

    I would like seek advice on how I can minimize reflection on this picture if I want to shoot from this angle?

    Subject was lit from flash light bounce from ceiling. Will a polarizer helps?

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    Default Re: How to avoid reflection from windows?

    What I learned is to shoot the subject in a angle instead of taking straight shots if behind is a glass window like what you have encountered. I don't know whether a CPL works here. Let the experts here answer the question on CPL...

    You using a flash gun as well? The best place for the subject to stand maybe extreme left/right of the window.
    Last edited by Spaniard; 17th February 2010 at 08:18 PM.

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    CPL can help.
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    If you could just light the subject alone it would greatly help, cos now you're bouncing and lighting up the whole room, the reflection sees whatever's thats in the room.. CPL should also help..

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    Default Re: How to avoid reflection from windows?

    A polariser will definitely help to reduce the reflection, but probably won't eliminate it. How about using a reflector instead of bounced flash light?

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    Default Re: How to avoid reflection from windows?

    CPL works~ Bro
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    Default Re: How to avoid reflection from windows?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spaniard View Post
    What I learned is to shoot the subject in a angle instead of taking straight shots if behind is a glass window like what you have encountered. I don't know whether a CPL works here. Let the experts here answer the question on CPL...

    You using a flash gun as well? The best place for the subject to stand maybe extreme left/right of the window.
    Thanks for sharing Spaniard. However, this is the best angle to cover the scenery behind.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    CPL can help.
    Sure. i will put that on on the the next shoot.

    Quote Originally Posted by J-Chan View Post
    If you could just light the subject alone it would greatly help, cos now you're bouncing and lighting up the whole room, the reflection sees whatever's thats in the room.. CPL should also help..
    Jeremy, you have a point since the room is surrounded by white walls, light could have bounced everywhere causing reflection.

    In this case, I should use off camera flash and position it in front of the subject.

    Quote Originally Posted by hori View Post
    A polariser will definitely help to reduce the reflection, but probably won't eliminate it. How about using a reflector instead of bounced flash light?
    Reflector may not work. Because I am shooting against back lighting, the light reflected from the reflector may not be strong enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by Numnumball View Post
    CPL works~ Bro
    Thanks Numnumball.
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    Default Re: How to avoid reflection from windows?

    also try to shoot from an angle, the CPL work best if the incoming reflection have incident angle of 30 degree, and the camera is aimed at the subject at 30 degree from the other side (Refer to image below).

    image and info from : http://www.cs.mtu.edu/~shene/DigiCam...polarizer.html

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