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Reflection photography-master the magic

“Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action”. – Peter F. Drucker

Reflection photography also known as mirror photography is an art, it can produce stunning and breath taking results. As the name suggests the affect is created using reflecting objects. Water bodies are the most commonly used object in mirror photography but experts have also done it using less traditional objects such as marbles, tiles, mirrors etc. Any shiny surface with a little creativity can create the reflection magic.

Here are some tips :

Location and Lighting

The key factor in reflection photography is lighting and the location. Hang around for a while note the changes in the climate, try different focal points and note the changes observed in the reflection quality. Wait for the perfect shot. Some time the same picture taken at different times in a day  can show drastic changes. It is best recommended to go when the light is at its best. Sunrise and sunset are some of the most used settings.

Upgrade your equipment

The better the lens the better will be your reflection. Most of the lens work well for reflection photography, though wide lens camera works best as it will cover a larger area. And if you are capturing from afar a zoom lens will be helpful.

Photography is never an easy task, the physical factors are very important such as rain, wind etc could effect the reflection especially in cases where water is used as the medium, the changes could cause ripples in the water which in turn blurs the reflected image. In such cases try using the aperture priority mode with an aperture of f\14 or smaller.

Let your imagination fly

Reflection photography does not have a set of predefined rules. Its abstract and  hence the key to a good picture depends on the creativity and imagination of the photographer. You can utilize any kind of reflecting surface and focus on different angles to get the best shot.


Highlight of reflection photography is the echo effect. The merging point of the original image and the reflected image is advised to be kept in horizontal alignment according to the symmetry principle which is said to bring out best in picture.


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