Reflections are a powerful way to convey emotion or provoke thought in your images.
For example, reflections in water can lead to beautiful images. However, finding the right time and place to get a great water reflection can be difficult. Your best option is enclosed waters, such as lakes and ponds, preferably sheltered from the wind. The slightest breeze can add disruptive ripples to the surface of water, and while in some circumstances this can be good, in others it can ruin the shot. You will more often find that the very early morning is the best time. Watch the weather forecast – high pressure systems often bring the windless, still conditions that are so conducive to reflection photography.
If there are some small ripples on the water surface, you can try to reduce these by using a long exposure rather than a shorter one. You can even shoot multiple exposure and combine them as a HDR image. You will of course need a steady tripod to ensure maximum sharpness.
There are reflections everywhere we go ranging from windows to marbled and metal surfaces. The scope is immense. We can use reflections to show off our main subject; for instance, a depiction of a famous landmark reflected in a window.
When posing a shot try not make the shot look too formal. Instead, making the subject feel relaxed will offer the image a more casual look. Of course, another person who can model for a reflection shot is yourself. Why not try to get a shot of you at work with your camera, all reflected in a window or other mirrored surface.
Reflections are everywhere we look and one has to think outside of the norm to setup amazing, innovative shots.
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