Photography How To: Use Reflections In Portraits

Photography how to: using reflections

Even the simplest reflection can add something different to a portrait image

I have created portraits ever since I was a kid, it’s a very natural thing for me and I know exactly what I’m doing, in spite of appearances! However, it turns out it’s much much harder to create a photography how to than it is to actually create images! Yet that is precisely what I’m doing at the moment: Sarah Plater (co-author of the Mastering Portrait Photography book) suggested we create a YouTube channel and linked website full of videos and “photography how to” articles covering all aspects of portrait photography and so, for the past few weeks, we’ve been creating images and then describing how each of them is done.

And it’s harder than I thought it would be!

Now those of you who know me will know I am more than happy to talk (possibly a little too much!) but it’s a different beast when you’re in front of the camera! I am having to plan out each shoot and figure out how to describe the invariable anarchy of what’s going on in my head – and do it without saying ‘er’ or ‘um’ – a skill, it transpires, I’m going to have to work at!

Still, we’re getting there so look out for the launch later in the year once we have a reasonable body of work together.

This Week’s Photography How To: Reflections

This week’s shoot was with Megan and we decided to look at reflections: how they can be used in portraits. Sadly, it wasn’t raining (you wouldn’t normally here me say that – normally when I try to do some outdoor portraits it does nothing but rain!) so all of the reflections had to be done using glass or smooth surfaces but rest assured, as soon as we have some decent precipitation (and we can’t be waiting for long surely) we’ll do a similar photography how to using puddles.

Reflections are a really interesting skill in a photographer’s repertoire as they can very often add some interest to an otherwise conventional image. And, given most locations have access to some kind of reflective surface such as a bar-top or windows, then they are almost always readily available.




Here are a few of the images from this photography how to session with Megan (note that I couldn’t resist taking a couple of ‘regular’ portraits while she was here!) look out for many more in the coming months! Enjoy!

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