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A Lesson in Capturing Reflections

By Chris Corradino on March 03, 2015


The New York Institute of Photography is the world’s largest online photography school, and because we are, we often publish fun and useful photography tips. Please enjoy!

What could be better than capturing a beautiful subject with your camera? Try doubling the visual interest with a mirror-like reflection.

Pay no attention to the so-called rules of composition which find fault with a centered horizon line. These guidelines were meant to be broken, and this is an ideal scenario to do so. When you split the frame in half, the scene becomes more symmetrical. Not only is it visually appealing, but it also represents the harmony of life. The poet, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, "So divinely is the world organized that every one of us, in our place and time, is in balance with everything else."

Ideally, this type of photography should be done on a day with little wind. Calm water is desirable for the clearest reflections. You won't need a special lens or filter to create the effect. The trick is to walk right up to the edge of the water and explore the vantage point from a lower angle.

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About the Author

Chris Corradino is the head of the photography mentor program at NYIP. Just like all of our mentors, he is also a professional photographer. See Chris's photography lesson from last week for more.