Six ways to shoot... Reflections

Make the most of your time by the wa­ter with these re­flec­tive tips

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1 Get up!

If you want mir­ror­calm con­di­tions for per­fect lake­side reflections, you are most likely to get them at dawn, so get your­self out early to find those beau­ti­ful scenes.

2 Long ex­po­sure

You can get reflections even on a dis­turbed lake sur­face but you need a long ex­po­sure to smooth out the wa­ter and al­low the re­flec­tion to ap­pear in the im­age. Use a strong ND fil­ter to ex­tend ex­po­sure times into sev­eral sec­onds.

3 Trick of the light

Reflections are darker than the scene that’s be­ing re­flected. You can use an ND grad fil­ter to bring the two ex­po­sures closer to­gether, but your re­flec­tion should al­ways be a lit­tle darker to make it look as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble.

4 Keep your eyes peeled

You can get reflections of big scenes even in rel­a­tively small pud­dles so look out for chance op­por­tu­ni­ties in ur­ban en­vi­ron­ments. Just make sure to get your­self down low so you can see how the sur­round­ings ap­pear in the pud­dle.

5 Go ab­stract

Ab­stract reflections can be ef­fec­tive for giv­ing a re­flected scene a cre­ative twist. Sur­face move­ment can add to the mys­tery when you crop tight so there’s only the re­flec­tion in the frame.

6 Try a po­lariser

In bright con­di­tions, a po­lar­is­ing fil­ter can help re­duce glare on the wa­ter and im­prove the clar­ity of the re­flec­tion – but make sure it doesn’t re­move the re­flec­tion com­pletely as you turn it.

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