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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Most of the time when an image is not sharp, it’s because of your hand and camera movement when taking the shot. Any amount of shaking can have the potential of blurring an image. So, how can you avoid this yourself?
Image Stabilization (IS) Lenses
If your have a DSLR camera, it’s worth investing in a good IS lens. This is especially true if you use a heavy telephoto lens because the weight alone can make enough of a difference, even more noticeably if you’re on a long photo shoot and your arm starts to tire out. If it’s affordable to you, the extra outlay of cash for an IS lens is worth having sharper images.
There’s no doubt that a good tripod is worth using, especially with landscape photography or any other subject that’s not in motion. The key to successful tripod use is being sure it’s set up in a sturdy spot. If one of its legs is balancing on something unstable, like a small rock, it can cause movement, and hence blurring, when the shutter is pressed. Double check it’s stability before you start taking photos.
Timer or Remote Shutter Release
With your camera set either on a tripod or a stable object like a table or wall, setting the self-timer to 2 seconds means not having to put pressure on the camera. This will increase stability. Remote shutter releases are also a good idea, rather than setting the self-timer. They’re inexpensive, but can be invaluable to creating a sharp image. In both situations, be sure to set the focus on your subject before actually shooting via the timer or release.
These tips should help you create more beautiful images and capture many beautiful memories. Be sure to be as comfortable with ALL of your cameras settings, before venturing out and setting up photo sessions with potential clients….Needless to say we can help you fix and improve any image project you have and make its presentation looks amazing in any of our printing options.