Photography is the visual art of light and shadow and reflection photography is the most perfect embodiment of this point. "Reflections", feature the light and shadow, combine the virtual and real world and have always been a fascinating subject for photographers. The technique and composition of reflection photography, compared with other subjects, is actually a subject that is relatively easy to master. Today we introduce 3 tips to make it easy for you to take the perfect reflection photo!
Tip 1. Find the best reflective material
Good subject is indispensable for the good picture . Let's start by looking at some reflective materials. Of course, the most common is mirror. Besides, we can also find others such as:
- Metal - Most metals have reflections on their surfaces. Surfaces with fewer scratches are best.
- Glass - Glass are also reflective such as a window on a street or glass in a subway station.
- Marble - Smooth stone surfaces are reflective, but not as much as glass or metal. Adding water to the marble gives a better reflection.
- Water - Where water forms a flat surface, there will be reflections. Lakes and ponds are the most common, especially when there is no wind. Puddles after rain are also a good option.
Tip 2. Create your own reflection material
Of course, sometimes you want to shoot a new subject, or you can try to take the mirror with you. It may not be practical to carry around a big mirror. So we can use a wide-angle mirror to make the reflection look much bigger than it really is. Another option is to carry a bottle of water with you or keep a large bucket of water in your vehicle. You can also pour water to create a reflection. Another new method is to use your phone's screen as a reflection in front of the camera.
Tip 3. Enhance reflections
To create the perfect reflection photo, we can use some appropriate photographic equipment.
- Wide-angle mirror - increases the range of reflections in a photograph. The lens can be filled by even a small puddle with a wide-angle lens.
- Shoot from a low angle - The lower the angle, the bigger the reflection. You can therefore lower the lens as low as possible to the ground for best results.
- GND filter - balances the difference between the sky and your reflection, making the reflection brighter and more prominent.
Reflection is a true or false world, which features ever changing manifestation, there is no certain criteria and rules for reflection photography. We need to experience and learn that in practice.