Ever wondered why you couldn’t find good composition? “Reflector/Reflection” is a good example! Using reflective surfaces can easily create unique compositions. Things with reflective surfaces are ubiquitous in daily life.
[Reflective Surface One] Glass Window
Glass windows or glass facades of buildings are the most reflective surfaces we can easily reach, bus windows, office windows, or shop windows, when using glass windows for composition, there are generally two situations:
Glass Becomes a Mirror
When the amount of light on the two sides of the glass is very different, the glass will become a mirror, reflecting the objects on the bright side clearly. For example, when a bus enters a tunnel, the light outside the car suddenly weakens, and the windows will reflect the appearance of the passengers inside the car. At this time, you can easily take symmetrical composition by holding the camera close to the glass.
Adjust the Angle
However, the reflective surface is doesn’t have to be symmetrical to be beautiful. Try different angles, adjust the ratio of glass to the outside, or place the subject you want to highlight on the golden section. The effect is also very good.
Overlapping Glass Reflections with Real Images
When the amount of light on both sides of the glass is the same, you can not only see the image reflecting one side of the glass, but also the scenery on the other side through the glass.
The picture below shows the situation of a concert. The photographer deliberately shot indoors through glass windows. The glass reflects the urban landscape outside and overlaps with the image of the band’s lead. This creates the illusion of a band performing in a busy city and expands the photo Association space.
It is worth mentioning that this processing method has omitted other details of the performance scene, such as the audience, other members of the band, the atmosphere of the concert, etc. If you want to faithfully record the live performance of a concert, go to the room to shoot it.
All in all, glass is a very good tool. It is quite suitable to shoot some urban-themed subjects with the help of glass windows, and it is easy to get the desired effect.
[Reflective Surface Two] Lake or Sea Surface
I believe everyone must have photographed Victoria Harbour. The dark sea at night reflects the colorful lights and billboards, which is a very good subject for photography. Now that everyone is familiar with the use of reflections in the sea, it is better to talk about how to increase the composition.
We don’t have to use a symmetrical composition every time. Take the picture of a big tree reflecting on the lake as an example. We should pay more attention to what is still happening on the lake. For example, a duck swims freely, and the ripples that pierced the flat tree are reflected; there are Several yellow leaves are scattered on the water surface, and golden leaves dot the blue water surface and reflect the black branches. In this way, the reflection is used as a background, which cooperates with other objects in the water, which greatly enriches the content of the photo.
[Reflective surface three] Ground Area Water
Don’t let go of every photo opportunity, even on rainy days, there are many subjects to shoot!
After the rain, the semi-dry and semi-wet streets are covered with small puddles, and the water surface can reflect the scenes around the streets, such as hurried footsteps and busy traffic. Unlike large lakes or seas, small puddles are different in size and irregular in shape, so the shapes of reflections are also different. Use these natural frames well. Of course, pay attention to the pavement situation of the street when taking pictures, and take into account the safety of yourself and passersby.
Author: Carrie Chan