Water reflection techniques: how to increase the impact of your landscapes

Water reflection techniques: how to increase the impact of your landscapes

Final tips for shooting water reflections successfully

Final tips for shooting water reflections successfully

Use a grad filter
Reflections are darker than the main subject, so you need to use a neutral-density graduated filter to balance the exposure. Make sure you line up the filter so that the darker part of the filter covers the subject, with the clear part over the reflection.

Reduce glare
Some reflections can be enhanced by using a polarising filter to reduce unwanted glare from the water surface. Rotate the filter until you see the best result – but be aware that sometimes the shot might be better without it.

Keep it level
When shooting reflections, avoid wonky horizons and sloping water by using a hotshoe-mounted spirit level – or use the one built into your camera if it has this function available. Always mount the camera on a tripod to keep it nice and steady.

Shoot low
Generally, the lower your shooting angle, the more of the reflection you’ll be able to see. Set your tripod up with the legs at minimum height, and shoot from the water’s edge. You’ll find that Live View is a good alternative to using the viewfinder.

PAGE 1: Best subjects and times to shoot a water reflection
PAGE 2: Three must-know techniques for shooting a water reflection
PAGE 3: Final tips for shooting water reflections successfully

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