How to Achieve Wonderful Reflections in Photography
Reflection photography, also referred to as mirror photography, is when you use reflective surfaces to create an artistic echo of a scene. It can add an interesting effect to the images.
Lakes, puddles, raindrops are all objects that can be used to create brilliant reflection photography. In this article, we will talk about several tips for water reflection photography.
1.Still water surface
To shoot a mirror-like lake surface, The more still of the water surface, the more clear of the reflection. When wind or a boat is passing by, ripples will be created. You can hardly get a nice reflection photo.
If the water surface is not tranquil, try to use slow shutter speed and a tripod to make the water surface smooth. This method is suitable for shooting light reflections at night, and the same as shooting falling water.
2. Front lighting and backlighting
The perfect shooting time is when the lighting source is in front of or side of the subject. The images on the reflection surface will look more clear. If the wind is calm, the chances of capturing a beautiful reflection can be greatly increased.
3.Balance the light contrast with GND filter or a black card
Images on the water surface are normally darker than the subject itself. If a more clear water reflection needed, try to use a GND filter or black card to balance the light contrast.
4. Central composition
Don't let proper composition rules like the rule of thirds to constrain your photography choices. Balance is relatively important in water reflection photography. You can place the reflection line right in the middle of the frame to achieve symmetry. Of course, shooting the reflection only is also a good try.
5. Turn the photo upside down
If you feel the ordinary reflection is boring, try to turn the photo upside down in post-processing. The effect may look interesting.
6. Use CPL filter
A CPL filter can eliminate the white reflection on the water surface. A polarising filter is a great tool to use if you find the sun is causing a harsh direct glare on parts of the water.