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Mirror Reflections Photography

written by: AlyssaAst•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 11/30/2009

Mirror reflections photography is one technique you can use when doing reflections photography. Using mirrors to capture reflections can produce great images. However, using mirrors can be very difficult to work with. There are tips you can use to create great images.

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    What is Reflections Photography?

    Reflections photography is the art or technique of using reflective surfaces to capture beautiful and unique images. Common surfaces used for reflective photography are bodies of water, windows, and mirrors. Using reflective surfaces is a great way to create abstract images. Often, images created using reflections have a more artistic appeal. Although any reflective surfaces can be used, mirrors are often the less chosen because they can be very difficult to work with.

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    Using Mirrors for Art

    The most important tip to follow when using mirror reflections for art or abstract images is to make sure the mirrors are clean. Blotches, spots, or a streak on a mirror is a great way to cause an image to loose quality.

    Do not use filters when working with reflections. A common reason people choose to use a filter is to reduce the glares and reflections that appear in an image. Therefore, a filter would distort the image and cause it to look dull when working with mirrors.

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    Mirrors and Objects

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    Choosing Objects

    When choosing an object to place in front of a mirror, you can use almost anything. People are great subjects for reflections photography. If you choose to use other objects make sure they are not flat. Using flat objects for mirror reflections cause the images to look flat and dull. By choosing objects that have curves and unique shapes you will add definition to the image.

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    Focal Points

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    Focal Points

    It is important to choose a great focal point when using mirrors. You can either focus on the image in the mirror or the subject. Each focal point has its own benefit. If you choose to focus on the subject, the image in the mirror will be slightly blurred. However, if you choose to focus on the reflection, the subject becomes slightly blurred. Focusing on the reflection, especially when using people, is a great way to draw in the attention to the mirror. Doing this with people is a good way to add emotion or dramatic affect to an image.

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    Using Flash

    Be very careful when photographing with mirrors. It is often best to not use a flash or to use a very low flash because it can produce unwanted glare or bright spots in the image. Pay very special attention to all light sources in the area. It may take multiple adjustments with the mirror to eliminate all the possible glares.

    If you must use a flash, make sure you do not stand directly in front on the mirror. It is best to stand off to the side. Your body should be almost perpendicular to the mirror. This is the best way to reduce the chance of glare from a flash affecting the image.

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    References:

    “50 Stunning Examples of Reflective Photography" Smashing Magazine

    “Playtime: Using Mirrors" by Elizabeth West Photo Doto

    “Photography Lighting Equipment" Food Photography

    Photo 1: "Coffee" By Mmagallan Stock.xchng

    Photo 2: "Mirrored Bride 1" By Bjearwiche Stock.xchng