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One versatile surface that’s very reflective is aluminum foil. Mylar paper is another popular choice for use as a reflective surface. Cut a piece about 18 inches long, and use it smooth or crinkled (when using Mylar, it’s better to create ripples, rather than crinkle this material). Then tape it to a sheet of cardboard, prop it up vertically against a heavy object on a tabletop, and place a colorful object in front of it. Move around the object and shoot a variety of photos—capture the reflection only, then take some pictures that include the actual object as well as the reflection.
Mirrors render the most true-to-life reflections. When using a mirror, sometimes
it’s difficult to distinguish between an actual scene or the reflected
one in a photograph. When photographing a mirror image, you’ll need to
shoot from an angle to avoid getting your own reflection in the frame, unless
a self-portrait is your intention. Turn off your camera’s flash, as bright
light sources reflected in a mirror create glare.
Set your compact camera on its landscape mode to get greater depth of field,
or on the close-up mode when working close to your subject. Experiment, shoot
lots of pictures, and have fun capturing images in reflective surfaces.
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