It is a new year, and time for all new themes to challenge and grow our food photography skills. We chose to start this year off with reflection.
What is reflection photography?
Reflection photography the use reflective surfaces to create an artistic echo of a scene. This type of photography can add an interesting element to showcase your food photography.
How do you create reflection in photography?
The obvious and first thing that comes to mind when talking about reflection in photography would be water - the ultimate reflective element. But this is definitely not the only way to create a reflective scene in your image. Windows, mirrors, glass and tiles can absolutely create a unique shot.
Our tips for shooting reflection
Size does not matter. Your reflection doesn’t have to be huge. Even the smallest reflection can be beautiful and add to the composition of your photo.
Technical proficiency is not everything. This challenge is more about creativity than technical proficiency. Experimenting with different angles is key for getting the shot, but considering why you’re taking it will help elevate it. Maybe you want to create the illusion of abundance like I did with these apples. You might want to reveal a hidden subject, create drama, or add a cinematic element to your shot! Whatever your goal is, having a plan will help you achieve it!
Using a mirror adds nice depth to an image. Mirrors as reflective surfaces are great for depth and dimension to a photograph - literally seeing double. Keep in mind though to keep yourself and your equipment positioned just right so neither are in the image.
Composition matters. When incorporating Reflections into your scenes, don't forget your composition techniques. The reflection, whether in or out of focus should be treated like another 'object' in the scene to make everything flow. Thoughtfully consider why the reflection makes sense for the scene and what it adds to your visual story.
Don't forget your background. If your goal is to capture the reflection itself, remember that the reflection needs a background too. In this case try to make sure both the backdrops are same so the focus is on the subject.
This is the perfect time to get creative. You can really use this as an opportunity to get creative. You can show items in a new way, focus on details that are often overlooked, or use it as a chance to show possibilities. I couldn't resist showing my hard-working sourdough starter, Snoop Doggy Dough, seeing itself as a delicious loaf of bread. Shooting this photo has given me a bunch of other ideas where I can use this concept.
While reflection photography can be challenging, the payoff can be extremely rewarding. Using reflection in your images adds depth and interest to almost any subject.
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