This question could be in a different thread but I shoot allot of birds from my bedroom window with outdoor flash so I thought I'd post it here. Is it possible to shoot through a glass window using a flash on your camera if you have a hood on the lens with it right up against the window? I've never done this and wondering if anyone has with good results?
#1. "RE: Shooting through glass using a flash?" | In response to Reply # 0Merlin Basic MemberTue 06-Feb-01 05:36 AM
yes, it does work, I've done it. But here's the snag: unless you use a flash that meters through the camera's lens during exposure (TTL), the glass will reflect too much light back to the flash unit's external sensor, fooling it into shutting off early. The result will be underexposed shots if you're working at dawn, dusk, or night, and useless fill-flash if you're in full daylight.
Suggestion... if you have a conventional flash, can you place it outside the window on a tripod, connected by an extension sync cable? That would solve the problem, I think. Your rubber lens hood will work fine, assuming your windows are cleaner than ours...
#2. "Use the polariser filter" | In response to Reply # 0
The technic was shown to me by a friend many years ago. He was composing on me as the subject to get a perfect posing with the ferrari sitting behind thick glass pannel(show room). He used a flass but looking to the result I think the angle that he took to avoid reflection also important and the filter just took the glass out like it was none. I have not try it myself.
#3. "RE: Use the polariser filter" | In response to Reply # 2va3rrr Basic MemberTue 06-Feb-01 08:10 PM
Okay, I have tried this and it seem to work. I'm using a F80 with a sb-16b which is a manual flash but still gives me matrix metering less the 3D distance part (so what my manual tells me). For the oudoor flash I recently bought two sc-17 sync cords put together and my sb-16b on a tripod using matrix metering mode even on sunny days and the results were great! I have been using Fuji Sensia II 100 and love this slide film. It's cheep and very accessable. I also recently bought a sc-19 cord and tried a few shots with it connected to the sc-17 (without) a master flash. I haven't got the results back yet but the flash did fire without any confermation from the camera that there was a flash installed at all, ie: no ready light. I have a question on this subject on another thead but like I said before I will have to wait to get the results.