How to Photograph Reflections
There are three main things to remember when photographing reflections.
Light bounces in set angles. The shape of the surface the light bounces off of can adjust these angles. Pay attention to the shape of your reflective surface to help quickly establish where you should stand for a good reflection to be visible.
- Stray Reflections
Just like you watch your background for stray objects, you need to watch your reflection for stray objects. When working with reflections a stray stick or duck in the water isn't a big deal, but that garbage can reflected along with your intended subject is messy. Pay close attention to your reflections to make sure nothing unintentional is reflected with your subject.
When shooting reflections you'll often have to adjust your exposure a bit or use a fill flash to lighten up shadows. If you overexpose the reflective surface you'll loose the color (of water or of the reflected sky). Bracket your exposures to help ensure a good outcome.