Reflection Shots To Look Different

The outmost commitment you could do to your craft as a photographer is to achieve a level of perfection in your shots that are not got otherwise. When it comes to weddings, you might have to pull out of your normal cocoon and bend towards innovative frames to bring out the best of the newlyweds in frame. 

Focus & Angle
You can dab around a lot with reflection photography, as there are myriads of forms and styles you could choose from, like dramatic landscape shots to detailed macro compositions. But while each is unique, they follow a few basic techniques that help you achieve great visuals.
One of the latest trends that have caught on like wildfire is reflection shots. While you could go awfully wrong, if done right, reflection photography is one of the most rewarding facets that can provide stunning images. Let's take a look at some tips you should keep in mind while dealing with reflections. When considering depth of field, go for a high focus number, like f/11 or upwards. This helps in enhancing the reflection effect allowing the human eye to perceive them fast. At first focus the subject and then the reflection, as it depen ds on the distance between the subject and reflection. Now here the results will be based on how much attention you give for the reflection. When it comes to the angle of light, decide which is conducive enough and how it affects the reflection. Within the environment of a studio, you can manipulate the angle of light to emphasise the reflection. However, in a natural setting, you might have to explore the different viewpoints to find the right angle.

Water & Landscapes
The outdoors is a great place to find natural reflective surfaces that are combined with the ethereal beauty of their surroundings. A small puddle of water may be more than enough to bring out a breath-taking image under the right light. When outside, try and shoot when the light is at its best that is during early morning or late evening during the sunset. You can use a couple of filters to enhance your image. Try experimenting with longer shutter speeds to smoothen the water flow. Also take into perspective the depth of the field and the angle of the light, providing a tad more attention to the water for a dramatic effect.

Shiny Surfaces
Mirrors, glasses, shiny metal, surface of cars or even varnished wood are great surfaces that provide ample reflections. But remember that since these surfaces don’t actually absorb a lot of light, you should be careful while using artificial lighting. Also, the use of flash should be supervised accordingly as the light could just bounce back giving you a bad output. The surface must be clean and clear of smudges, scratches and cracks. This is imperative when doing macro shoots as details are more vivid and clear. Flat surfaces that are clean will give a more comprehensive reflection that is easier to work with

Reflection photography
Reflection photography is an area where you can enjoy with your experimentations. You can go for different surfaces and shapes like oval or circle or cylindrical, which gives interesting images. The type of shots that you want to create is entirely up to you.