Creativity Exercise: Reflections

Reflections can add just an extra touch of interest and whimsy to a photo. 
They can also make a moment that leans quite snapshot-ish into a photo that looks extremely intentional and artistic. Reflections are a really great skill to have in your toolbox when you need to spice up a boring location or hide clutter that's distracting.  

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Your exercise this week is to work on getting as many reflections as you can, and to think beyond the standard window reflection that we so often see.  You can use a reflection to reflect back your main subject or to reflect another part of the scene into your image.

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A few reflective surfaces/objects to think about using:

  • window

  • mirror

  • TV screen (when they are turned off they are very mirror-like)

  • prism

  • phone screen 

  • crystals

  • shiny tables or countertops

  • water

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A couple of things to keep in mind:

  • exposure is key here, some reflections will require you to reel in those highlights so you don't blow out the reflection

  • getting really close to the reflective surface will often help

  • move your body and adjust your angles slightly to see how it changes your reflection

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As always, we’d love to see what you come up with! Show us your reflections on instgram by tagging @unscriptedmentoring and using #unscriptedmentoring

-Kelly