Reflection photography, also referred to as mirror photography, is when you use reflective surfaces to create an artistic echo of a scene. This type of photography can add an interesting spin to locations that are hot-spots for photographers such as oceans, lakes, puddles, and even rain drops
Manual focus for sharpest result!
Depending on the concept of your shoot, you might have to deal with a lot of busy foregrounds and backgrounds in your compositions.
Because of this, autofocus might capture the wrong subject or not be able to focus at all. Especially if you’re working with a small f-number like f/1.2. You can avoid this by switching to manual focus.
Manual focus will let you capture exactly what you want. If you don’t use it regularly, it will feel very awkward at first. Don’t let this bother you!
It’s also likely that the mirror you use will create distortions on your model’s face. These will be noticeable only when you zoom into your photo, so they shouldn’t be a problem.
Surreal photography is all about otherworldly concepts and stories inspired by fairy tales. Some surrealist photographers, like Rosie Hardy, use their photo editing skills to create unusual photos.
Others, use props and their imagination to create unedited masterpieces.
You don’t always need incredible editing skills or props to create surreal photos, though. With use of mirrors (at least two), you can focus on different angles of your model’s face and reflect objects that wouldn’t be visible in a photo with one mirror.
Here, you can also different reflective surfaces for better images.
Don’t just focus on her face!
Don’t Just Focus on Your Face
A full-length mirror will be an essential tool for a model working on their poses. You can practice posing in the mirror and quickly rule out anything that looks awkward and unnatural and instead, focus on your most flattering and natural poses that photographers, model scouts, and agents are sure to love.
It will fill awkward at first.
If you are expecting mirror work to feel totally natural at first, it likely won’t be. In the beginning, mirror work will feel silly and awkward, but eventually, you will become more comfortable with it. Furthermore, the awkwardness is worth it for the skills you are gaining from it. The work you put in practicing your poses and expressions BEFORE a photo shoot will also prevent a lot of instruction and extra time at the photo shoot.
Modeling professionals sometimes see hundreds of models each day which means they know talent when they see it! They will know right away if you have practiced your posing and expressions, and this will demonstrate your professionalism and work ethic. Shoots will go much faster when you’ve done this work, and your agent will be more likely to recommend you for tougher jobs or jobs on tight timelines if they know a lot of extra time won’t be required for posing instructions.
Having these polished and perfected poses and expressions in your modeling toolkit will not only make your life as a model much easier, but it will also make photographers more likely to want to work with you! Just a few minutes of mirror work each day will have a very positive effect on the success of your modeling career.