Five ways to use reflections in your photography
With the ZenFone 3 Zoom in your hands, you’ll be able to take fantastic photos. Using reflections strategically can add a new perspective to your shots. With these tricks in mind, you’ll be able to take some truly dramatic pictures.
Have a large depth of field
From manual mode, make sure your f-stop is as high as possible. This will ensure comparable focus between the reflection and its surroundings. For example, you want a lake in the foreground to be equally in focus to the mountain further back, otherwise, the mountain may stay in focus, but you’ll lose the reflective quality of the lake.
Skip the original
For many shots, you may want to keep the origin of the reflection out of the frame altogether and focus exclusively on the reflection. This can be particularly effective if the surface has an interesting texture or orientation. Keep in mind that the reflection will still need to be clear enough that you can focus on it. Shooting this way can frame your subject in a way that would otherwise be impossible.
Water, metal, and glass are your friends
When scouting for subjects, keep an eye out for naturally reflective materials such as water, metal, and glass. Try to find them in unusual shapes and sizes, as they can provide some unique kinds of reflections. Skyscrapers, ponds, and cars are just some of the reflective surfaces you can use as the basis for your photo.
Using a polarizing filter to remove glare
Shooting reflections can be tricky because light sources reflected will produce glare. One way around this is a polarizing filter for the ZenFone 3 Zoom, which will block out light coming from a specific angle. Aukey makes a clip-on model that should work fine for those situations where you’re trying to mitigate the effects of direct light.
Use symmetry creatively
Reflections often do a great job of framing composition. For example, reflections off flat surfaces can provide straight lines as guides for the rule of thirds. Of course, you could skip that guideline altogether and line up right down the middle of your photo for true compositional symmetry.