Capturing Reflections

Reflections are all around us - in mirrors, tinted windows, lakes, puddles, the sea. Learning to look out for them and learning to capture them effectively on your DSLR or mobile phone can add a new level of interest to your photography.

So we are pleased to bring you some thoughts and ideas on how to best capture reflections!

Make a creative decision

Do you want to include just the reflection / the bottom of your subject and the reflection / or the complete subject and the complete reflection....each one of these choices will result in a completely different image. It's worth experimenting so that you can see the scene three different ways.

Get low

The lower you get with your angle, the more of the reflection you will get in your shot.

Position yourself

Choose a spot where the water is still; if the water is moving, the reflection won't be as crisp.

Watch the direction of the direct light

Your aim should be to have the direct light to be falling on your subject which is then reflected in the water which is in the shade. Direct light on water creates glare; so the best time of day to capture an effective reflection shot is when the sun is low in the sky but still strong enough to illuminate your subjects.


The reflection will be a couple of stops darker than your main subject, so you may want to use the radial filter function in Lightroom afterwards to lighten the reflection half of the image. Be careful not to lighten it too much though; the image still needs to appear natural.

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