Creating Unique Reflections with a Tablet or Phone | by Rachel Keohane
May 22, 2019
Do you ever find yourself in one of those dreaded photography ruts? I seem to find myself in one more often than not lately. When I’m in one of those creative standstills with my photography I try to think outside of the box for my next image, try something different. I love seeing how far I can push myself if photography and learning new techniques.
I’ve always been drawn to those amazing reflection images that so many people create through Photoshop. They are so clean and crisp and give the image such a cool and unique vibe.
Here’s a little secret. I know NOTHING about Photoshop. I don’t even know how to upload an image to PS. I tend to feel like I’m limited on how far I can really push myself creatively without using Photoshop. Then day I had seen where a photographer had caught a reflection using their phone. I needed to try it out!
I decided to use my kids iPad instead of my iPhone thinking it would be easier to catch a reflection with a larger screen. I started by removing the iPad from its protective case. I was afraid that the bulky case would show in my image. I cleaned off all the little finger prints that covered the screen. I removed my hood off the lens because it kept getting in the way. I tried holding the iPad directly under my lens, which did catch a reflection but I felt it limited how much you could tilt the iPad around. I held it right against the bottom of my lens (not underneath) and this allowed me to tilt the iPad up or down whichever direction I needed to catch the best reflection.
After trying the iPad technique a few times I learned that it’s my favorite for outdoor reflection pictures. I would use my phone to catch reflections for indoor images when just the person was the subject and the background wasn’t necessarily important to capture. I don’t remove my phone from its case like I do with the iPad, but I do clean the screen off the best I can.
This technique is a fun and fairly easy way to add a little creativity to your images. It does take a few tries to really figure out where to place the iPad or iPhone against the lens and which was to tilt them around to catch the desired reflection but once you’ve tried it a few times it becomes second nature.
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