Playing The Long Game: Outdoor Photography With Telezooms

Keeping in touch with reality


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

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Keeping in touch with reality

17 Jan 2021 2:08PM   Views : 484 Unique : 307


It’s the net curtain thing… And not necessarily the sort of netting that you can see in my remote shoot blog a few days ago, though pictures shot with muslin or netting around a model can be incredibly attractive and creative.

But I’m thinking about the way that people buy net curtains because they’ve been told it’s the thing to do, or that it increases privacy. As even the most cursory examination of a net-curtained window at night will show, they may be slightly mistaken.

Consider this sequence, for which I went to immense trouble, as you can tell. One shot with the subject fully lit, and no net curtain. The second shot is a typical daytime shot through the net curtain (actually a bit of packing wrap) – the light from outside the ‘room’ bounces off the curtain, and obscures the view behind.


But have a look at the third version, below, with the light inside… If you have net curtains but don’t close other and more opaque curtains or shutters at night, this is the view that you give the world… Now you can play with this when you’re taking pictures, but please be aware of what’s visible. For instance, if you’re shooting nudes behind net curtains with flash, passers-by will see your model every time the flash goes off.

That’s why hotels have light-proof curtains as well as net ones…


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20 2.1k 2048 England
17 Jan 2021 2:09PM
I originally shot a couple of views of a bedroom window to prove a point to a model who was nervous of posing close to the window in daylight - but the view of a double-glazed bedroom window and surrounding bricks was unedifying, and I failed to get comparison shots anyway...
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17 Jan 2021 2:23PM
Lots of uses for a lump of net curtain, it diffuses daylight beautifully.
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20 2.1k 2048 England
17 Jan 2021 4:04PM

But mine is in a box on top of a wardrobe, and I lack the energy to get it down at the moment. Also, I slipped on the stairs yesterday: no serious damage, but catching the bannisters to avoid major skiddage and breakage wrenched my right arm, so I'm not much inclined to reach up high for stuff...

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