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
- 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.