Photo Club April: Reflections
Composition is one of the easiest ways to create an eye-catching image, and to quickly change up + improve a tricky subject that’s causing you a bit of difficulty and frustration in frame.
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By utilizing our composition techniques we’ll have an arsenal of easy and simple composition tools we can use to change up our styling and create images that draw our viewers in and hold their attention.
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Reflection is a strong composition method and it will be the theme for this Photo Club for the month of April We have a saying in Dutch ‘April does what it wants’ and in my native language we have the saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’. So I thought the mix of sunny moments with puddles of water would make for a great opportunity to shoot reflections outdoors as well as indoors.
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With this composition technique, you can experiment with shooting your subject reflected. Whether that’s via a mirror, a piece of glass, or liquid spilled on a shooting surface, a lake or pond, or a puddle on the sidewalk. having your subject in focus within the reflection is an excellent composition technique for a few reasons.
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One, unless you’re shooting at a VERY high aperture, when the subject is in focus, the object reflecting it usually is not. So if your image, for example, is sharp within the reflection, but the mirror’s frame is soft you’ll create a sense of depth and perspective in the image. This is one of the human eye’s favorite visual aspects within photographs, because it simulates the way our eye actually views objects in real life, and makes us feel like we’re right there in frame within the capture.
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Another fantastic part of shooting with a reflection is that it adds a layer of dreaminess and mystery to the image. There’s a sensation of mystery. That feeling you get when you’re in a room with a mirror on the wall, and look up and see the room reflected back at you from a different perspective. Everything just feels a bit more interesting & dreamy when viewed through a secondary surface.
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In the image above the reflection in the water shows you just how calm and smooth the water was.
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Note: It’s not about just capturing a reflection, but about creating a captivating composition using reflections. The idea is to up your game when it comes to creating captivating photos.
Rear view mirror photos are interesting but Unsplash has possibly millions!?!
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I think this could be a fun month, and I’m looking forward to seeing your submissions!
Let’s do this!
I’ll write more on the subject soon. At the moment I’m writing from bed, with fever. No worries, it’s not that!!