Immaculately polished tiles can offer captivating photography opportunities. You’ll need to pick the right location for this kind of photo, ideally one like the example above, which combines a pristine tiled floor with eye-catching room.
How to prepare for a reflection photography shoot.
The old adage of ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ rings true when you’re carrying out this technique. Careful planning will make it easier to capture a powerful reflection shot and achieve the desired mood and tone. Consider these points:
Choosing a location.
Always the most important part of a shoot, picking a location that will offer a powerful shot can take time. Think about places that will create clear, sharp reflections.
When picking a location, your imagination is your guide - envision the effect you want to create or just experiment. Take a day to photograph different reflective surfaces and see which you enjoy most.
Time of day.
Whether it’s a still lake or a structure with gleaming windows, try visiting your location at different times of day.
This way, you can get an idea about the lighting and how the reflections react to different light. A sunny afternoon might bring the best results, while sunset may create a spectacular effect.
Getting the right angle.
Position yourself to ensure your own reflection isn’t in the shot - unless that’s the effect you want. Experiment with taking photos from different heights and different angles to avoid snapping yourself within the scene you want to capture.
This can take some practice, but don’t worry if you end up in the photo a little - you may be able to edit yourself out later using Photoshop.
Checking the weather.
The weather can make or break a reflective photography shoot. Wind is the biggest issue when you’re dealing with bodies of water, as it can create ripples and distort the reflection.
For an abstract effect, this can work well. But if you’re looking for a mirror-like reflection, shooting early in the morning while the wind is less strong is advised.
Rain can either be a help or a hinderance. If you’re looking to shoot reflections in puddles, it is ideal. But if you’re trying to capture the same effect on a window, it may not work as well.