Reflections are all around us!

We usually take pictures and capture reflections but we never really see them until we look at our photos afterwards.

Here are a few steps to help you get better reflections in your photography.

  1.  While taking pictures, look all around to see if there is any reflective surface. That can be water, glass, shiny surfaces.
  1. Change your angle. You need to put or frame your subject in the reflection.  See my video below as I change the angle to get the most out of the puddle on the ground.
  1. How will you be using the reflection? Will it be the main part of your picture, or add some balance to the real image?   All of these possibilities and combinations work.
  1. Focus on both the image and the reflection. That way you will have the reflection and the subject both in focus. (Sometimes you want one to be in focus and the other not, in this case, play with your depth of field settings for your best result.)
  1. If you are taking a picture in water, smoother water looks better than water that has ripples or waves. Try to wait for that moment when the wind dies down to take your picture. With a tripod, you can increase the shutter speed and this will smooth some of the ripples or waves while focusing on the subject.

Have fun!


Reflections can be used for balance or symmetry and help show something that looks great, twice!

The above photos are different examples of reflections, both in nature and in man made surroundings.

Using reflections creates more interest and emphasizes what you are looking at!

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Anestis is a Communications teacher who loves his job which encompasses tech, creativity & learning. This passion can be seen in his work as a travel and documentary photographer.