It’s interesting how a reflection can change an image, adding color sometimes. There’s something about the reflection and how it distances us from the image, while pulling us in at the same time; something about how the original image can be fragmented in such an organic and natural way. I find these shots compelling, beautiful, and otherworldly all at once. I guess that’s why reflection shots are a favorite.
Maybe it’s why they are my preferred method for taking a self-portrait, too. It’s true! I’ve captured my own image reflecting back from drinking fountains, headlight housing, bumpers, mirrors, water, plane propellers (the props were stationary, by-the-way), sunglasses, and on and on. I think that the reflected self-portraits tell a different story than standard self-portraits, lending a transparency about who is really behind the camera, whose vision is at work, and some aspect of self-reflection at play to the photograph. Anyway, whatever that “something” is, I can’t seem to get enough! If this describes you, too, you may enjoy the following collections. Plus, there are some ideas within the collections that I’m just itching to try:
- 50 Stunning Examples of Reflective Photograph by Smashing Magazine – I think the puddle photographs are my favorite from this set, demonstrating that fragmented image I mentioned.
- 44 Impressive Examples of Reflection Photography by Noupe – This set includes some clever ideas. I’m completely taken by the first handful of photographs in the set!
- Hidden Beauty: 45 Splendid Examples of Reflection Photography by Pelfusion – Such a beautiful set: Artful, compelling, and so great at capturing story and mood.
In addition, here are some tutorials by Corey Barker and Larry Becker that show you how to make your own reflections in Photoshop Elements:
- Cityscape Water Reflections – Corey shares how to create a water reflection for a night shot of the New York city scape.
- Water Reflection – Another by Corey, this demonstrates how to create a reflection and how to simulate water, too. Totally cool!
- Reflection On Product Shots – Such a useful tutorial by Larry. This one shows how to create a reflection for objects (for that “product on a shiny table” look) useful to advertisers and web developers alike!