Photo Tip “Mirroring”

Photo tip – Use mirroring and reflections to create images

Mirroring and reflections often result in very interesting effects in photography. There is an array of reflective surfaces: water, metallic surfaces, glass…

The variety of reflective surfaces is just as diverse as implementing mirroring and reflections in images. You can accentuate reflective surfaces or fade them out (e.g. by using a shallow depth of field, the focus can be on the reflective object or not). One example is the sky being mirrored in a puddle. Here, you could either focus on the sky's reflection or in the opposite case, focus on the distance to the surface of water (you may need to use the manual focus).

You can also achieve a duplication of objects by implementing mirroring. The reflections of transparent surfaces such as windows result in a further dimension. On curved or convex surfaces distortion can occur, creating surrealistic effects. Reflections can also make night images more interesting, as wet surfaces then mirror illuminated objects – the street starts to shine.

The following image was captured at a rather unsightly service station the US. The reflection on the smooth and polished surface of the hubcap illustrates how important it is to pay attention to detail.
reflection on the smooth and polished surface of the hubcap

Autumn in Regensburg – Here the reflection of the wet table top is used a creative element.
Autumn in Regensburg


A reflection on a convex metal mug gives surprising results.
reflection on a convex metal mug

This landscape shot shows the reflective effect of surfaces of water. The horizon was positioned in the middle of the image and in combination the reflexion results in an almost symmetrical image build-up.
landscape shot shows the reflective effect of surfaces of water


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