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Simple guidelines for photographing stained glass windows
When one happens to visit heritage hotels in India established in old palaces and havelis, one gets to find the stained glass windows with colourful segments. Photographing such widows can create wonderful shots.

By following a few simple guidelines, one can get the splendid colourful pictures of tinted glass windows found in Indian historical buildings and heritage hotels.

Thought often a tripod and remote release are recommended, but one can also use firm rest or grip on the camera and use of the timer. If you are going to rely on the firm grip, make sure that your arms tucked into your body and hold your breath while you release the shutter. These arrangements will eliminate or minimise the camera shake.

If the windows are too high, move back from the window; use a longer lens, and zoom into the stained glass. If the window is too big, then take several shots of the window segments and join the images together using software.

Focus the camera with a small aperture. The bright window can lead to improper exposure. However, one can take two shots, one exposed for the bright window and the other for the surroundings. If you are interested in taking the shot of the window, use exposure compensation option.

Follow the above-stated simple guidelines and you may get some splendid pictures of stained glass windows. It happened during a visit to haveli in Jaipur, where I took some photographs of simple stained glass windows.

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