At some time or another, practically all of us have tried to photograph wildlife through the windows of our houses.  However, in far too many cases, when we pull up the images on our computer we are not happy with their quality.

       To say the least, photographing wildlife through windows is a difficult proposition.  Here are a few tips that just might help you take better pictures through your windows.

       It goes without saying that the best pictures are made through the highest quality window glass.  If your windows appear wavy, you are doomed to failure.

       If the window glass in your house shows little distortion, before taking any photographs thoroughly clean them.

       Then when a photo opportunity suddenly presents itself, shut off the lights in the room where you are standing.  This accomplishes two things.  First, it cuts down on reflections.  In addition, I have found that I can move about a darkened room more easily without frightening the wildlife I am trying to photograph.

       Even then, as you get into position to take a photo, move very slowly, and avoid any quick movements.

       If possible, try to take your pictures from a spot where the camera lens is parallel with the glass.

       Once you get into position, hold the camera lens as close to the glass as possible.

       If you are going to use a flash, place it close to the glass also.

       Refrain from taking pictures when the sun’s rays are streaming directly toward your window.

       These tips may help you take better backyard wildlife shots.  However, it has been my experience that I can consistently take better pictures when I raise the window just high enough to focus on my subject through this opening.  When I am able to do this, I know the odds of my taking a picture are much better.


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