Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tips and Tricks: Shooting Mirrors

The following is a tip that Jon Sienkiewicz, a photographer and avid professional writer and photographer, contributed to the 100 in 100 feature on the Adorama website. We've peppered Jon's points with a few fine examples from some of our team members.

Reflective surfaces--like windows and water--can be very challenging to photograph. Especially in dim light, when you're tempted to use flash, shiny objects can present real problems. But there are times when you want a reflection to tell the central part of the story. That's why it's important to learn how to photograph mirrors.

serendipity by ellemoss

Rule number one: Make sure that you're not included in the scene. While Count Dracula never had this problem, for many of us the excitement of getting a fleeting shot makes it hard to confirm perfect composition. To be on the safe side, shoot, move and shoot again.

reflection by racergirl1313

Rule number two: Make sure you're focusing on the reflected image and not the mirror frame. If you use a DSLR you have a leg up.

Upon entering wonderland by jacqleenbleu

Rule number three: Keep the subject moving (or keep moving the subject around) until you achieve just the angle you want. Things move backwards in mirrors, so practice patiently.


BClark said...

Thank you for the information, very well written. I like articles that get to the point in plain, clear language.

Mystique Island Photography said...

thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Mirrors and other reflective surfaces offer up so many possibilities...I love puddles for that quality !

Pfeiffer Photos said...

Very good info--like these photos very much, thanks.