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2. Light > Shoot Clearly Through a Window

Shoot Clearly Through a Window

When shooting through a window, images are often blurred or overexposed. But they don’t need to be.

Sunlight provides great natural light. But when you point your camera toward a window during the day, you’ll notice the view outside is blurry and possibly even blown out. By covering the windows you are shooting toward with a neutral density (ND) gel, you can capture sharp images outside the window while keeping your subject in focus.

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Gels are not cheap, considering they are small sheets of colored plastic. Small sheets (21” x 24”), primarily used to affect lights, can be purchased for $5–$10 from most photography or film supply stores, such as Film Tools (http://www.filmtools.com) or B&H Photo (http://www.bhphotovideo.com). Larger rolls (4’ x 25') can cost anywhere between $100 and $200. Fortunately, gels are fairly durable, when not abused, and can last a long time.


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