Technique for shooting through glass?

Discussion in 'Photography Techniques' started by dinkygreg, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. dinkygreg

    dinkygreg New to SC

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    Mar 2, 2011
    Texas
    Hello friends..
    I am new here and this is my first post so please be gentle. Last weekend I went somewhere to watch a reptile show and tried to shoot a small lizard trough an aquarium glass, but the images were not pretty much clear/blurry due to the focus was made on the glass and not on the lizard. Can anyone share some tips and technique to shoot through a glass? BTW, I am using a Canon DSLR camera.

    Thanks.
     
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  2. deirdre

    deirdre SC Top Veteran

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    Sep 26, 2010
    That fools a lot of autofocus. You're not the first!

    One question: did it actually finish focusing? Sometimes with glass, I have the experience where the camera seeks longer before figuring things out. If there's a cleaner spot of glass than where you're aiming, that can help, too.

    Also, check to see what kind of focus you're using: some may be more sensitive to missing than others.

    The best technique if you can manage it is to manually focus.

    I'm completely amazed this iPhone shot (through an aquarium, obviously) worked out as well as it did.

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  3. Will

    Will SC All-Pro

    Aug 30, 2010
    England
    If you can put the lens right up against the glass without actually touching it. Also a polarising filter can help.
     
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