- Look for elements that are surrounding your subject, such as trees or clouds, that can help frame them in the photo. Unless you want a clean photo and prefer white space. Changing your angle can get you whatever effect you want.
- In post processing flip the photo to be right-side-up! It makes the photo go from cool to WOWZA! It changes the whole look and feel.
- Decide if you want the end result to be a silhouette or full reflection as you’re composing your shot. Sometimes underexposing can create a look and feel you hadn’t thought of before.
- I like to shoot almost all reflection so the “real” subject is cut off. I like the feeling it gives of everything in the frame being real even through it really isn’t.
- Still water and rippled water create different looks. Be aware of what’s happening with the wind or debris hitting the water…or your husband enjoying some rock throwing onto your still lake, I’m just saying.
- Walk around the puddle you’re using and see how the light changes your subject. On one side it might be dark and mysterious while the other side might be bright and cheerful.
- Have your subject stretch out their limbs and move. It lets the reflection show more of a story and is easier for the eye to figure out what is going on in the photo.
- I’m all about getting things perfect SOOC. But, sometimes a bit of a contrast boost can define reflection photos and give them the added ‘wow’ factor.
- When you are using a puddle on the road, leave some space above the subjects head. When you flip it around, the rocks in the pavement often end up looking like snow!
- Practice, practice, practice.
About the photographer:
Jenny lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her three littles, husband, and cat. She is the photographer behind Jenny Gildea Photography. She loves lifestyle photography, soft fuzzy blankets, laughing so hard she drools, her family, gooey chocolate chip cookies, exercise, four seasons, lists with check mark boxes, and the beach. Follow along with her 365 project on her instagram!
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