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Using Glass for Creative Photography Hacks

Lately, it seems as if I am seeing a lot of photos where the model or subject is seen through a window, for example, the shot where the model sitting inside a coffee shop enjoying a cup of coffee while the photographer snaps a photo from outside. If you are having trouble finding a location to do that, here's a hack for you to recreate a similar look.

You don't need a giant window to create your image using reflection from shooting through glass, you can use something much smaller, something that you might already have. Coming from Jessica Kobeissi, she shares five different creative hacks using glass from a simple picture frame. You can find picture frames in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but if you are like me, you already have some in the house that are not being used. 

Throughout the video, Kobeissi shares how the photos come out while hand-holding the piece of glass (be careful with sharp edges) between the camera and her subject to capture some headshots with reflections in the shot. These shots look very similar to the scenario I first mentioned. You could potentially set up any room and use the glass from the frame to mimic the window and shoot through the glass for that look. Now for the other creative hacks and to change it up, Kobeissi adds different elements to the sheet of glass to change the dynamics of the shot. 

If you are not a fan of actually seeing where the glass is in the shot, I would suggest a large picture frame to obtain the sheet of glass from. You can buy a larger picture frame if you don't have one, or another option is to simply visit the local stores that sell sheets of glass. To help keep your hands or the model's hands from getting cuts, you could add foam strips on the edge or find picture frames with thinner frames.

The four different elements which Kobeissi applies to the surface aren't the other ones you can use. Dry erase markers work for adding color, or you can even tape gels to the glass. Think of lens hacks and lens filter hacks as well: you can apply Vaseline to the glass instead. 

Which was your favorite hack and what are some other things you can apply to the glass for different looks? 

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Jay Jay's picture

Hack for your hack: gaff tape the edges of that glass frame- no sharp edges. It’s a game changer! (I made sure to use the two most cliched words in blog writing)

Yolanda Ramirez's picture

Luved it...simple and on a beginner's photographer's budget..BAM!
Luved the water droplets,gel and stickers..the best!!

Hugo Tietkens's picture

Glass is an ideal option for shooting, it gives the photograph a beautiful surroundings. You can buy a beautiful glass wall on our website, I think it will look cool for your photos.