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Back in February, I wrote a post explaining all the problems you can have trying to shoot timelapses and photos through windows, especially at night. I have used loads of black cloth gaffer taped onto the glass, curtains closed and all sorts of other tricks. Mostly they work, but it’s a right pain! Especially in hotel rooms when you have to stick a “do not disturb” on the door and leave your room unmade, simply because you are scared the maid will open the curtains!
My good friend Aaron Pinto from Letus Direct has come up with a genius solution and guess what? It bloody works doesn’t it! It’s called Lenskirt. Yes you can buy an item of ladies clothing for your camera!
So this is how it works. I did a test timelapse in the Hilton Amsterdam two weeks ago. I put my Gitzo tripod up against the window with a Nikon D7000 on it so the lens was more or less touching the glass. If I had started the timelapse I would have been more or less fine during the day, but at night time I would have seen every reflection from the room. So I moved the camera and put the lens skirt around it. The lens skirt is black stiff fabric with four suction cups in a pyramid style shape, with an elasticated hole in the top for the camera/ lens to go through. I then repositioned the camera back to the spot, took a couple of test shots with lights on in the room and low and behold…NO REFLECTIONS. Simple and it works so well. The suctions cupped are recessed so no light leaks through.
You can check out the little test timelapse I did using it below. I had the curtains open and lights on in my room whilst shooting it! Also check out my short “Toronto Falls” which was all shot through hotel windows with much stress and blocking out reflections!
Oh and before you ask, until Nikon update the firmware of the D7000 to give me an exposure meter on the LCD, I won’t be doing a review of the camera as it’s too much of a pain to shoot video with!