Photography 101: Glass

Incorporate a form of glass into your image to add a layer of complexity.

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I’ve always been drawn to glass: windows, mirrors, and other reflective surfaces. Glass is incredibly fun to experiment with when taking pictures, resulting in multi-layered and sometimes unexpected shots.

Consider this landscape from an estate near Inverness in Scotland:

Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

It’s a lovely landscape, but what happens if we place an old, creaky window between the viewer and this garden?

Image by Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Even if you prefer the view without the window, note how this pane of glass introduces a story and adds a layer of complexity to the image. What’s the story behind this estate? Who’s looking out the window?

Incorporate glass in today’s image: a window, a mirror, a wine glass, sunglasses, or something else. It doesn’t matter what form the glass takes.

Tip: We’ve practiced shooting at different angles and from unique POVs. How can you interact with glass to create an interesting photo?

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