lesson: capturing reflections | by Divya Wolf
Hi everyone!! My name is Divya from @divyawolf and of Rocket Moon Photography. I have always been passionate about photography and was my family’s main photographer even as a child. It was with the birth of my children that I realized I wanted to pursue it a little more seriously and to really hone my skills.
As soon as I became more comfortable with my photography, I started to look for new ways to add creativity to my work. In that quest, I stumbled upon reflections. What I like the most about them as that they occur organically in so many places (puddles, surfaces around you, etc.) but can also be created with mirrors, prisms, and other reflective surfaces. I wish I had started adding creative elements to my photography earlier on in my career.
Some of my favorite places to capture reflections happen to be in my favorite parts of our house where everyone always congregates and hang out. So the majority of my reflection shots occur in these rooms, my living room and kitchen and on the reflective surfaces in those rooms. I have found that around the house my favorite reflective surfaces are glass, countertops, metal, and screens. In the environment my favorite reflective surface is typically water!
When I am capturing a reflection I always make sure to move my camera around to get the right angle to capture a clear reflection. Even a small shift in my camera can affect the clarity of my shot. I also am always cognizant of having strong light to amplify the reflection. I have also noticed that it is easier to grab a clear reflection if there is a solid or dark background behind my subject. This often means crouching down, or angling my camera and body to grab the reflection. Most times I capture these types of reflection shots when my kids are already playing in the area.
For these reflection captures, I typically do not do too much extra beyond my typical edit process. People have asked me if I just duplicate the background…. I wish it was so simple! I’m sure you could, but it’s more fun for me to capture them in camera. I have found that getting a good reflection is really playing around and finding the reflection at that moment and on that surface. If you follow me on Instagram you will see I shoot at a sliding door quite often. Even though I use the same location, I always shoot at a different spot and angle each and every single time based on my subjects. I would say the only changes to my normal workflow would be that, I do tend to sharpen the reflection a bit.
You can find more about the gear I like to use over on my blog, and other articles I’ve written, and if you are interested in following along with my reflections I typically tag them with #myWolflection on Instagram!