DIY photography project: Turn a tiny glint of light into an abstract masterpiece

Abstract photography: capturing light reflections
(Image credit: Niamh Cottle)

In this project we are going to achieve some distinctive images by capturing reflections that are made by natural light. You’ll experiment with abstraction, isolating a reflection to create a different view. Your observational skills and ability to spot opportunities are key tools for taking this kind of photograph. 

Using a tripod to steady your camera, you can frame the shot and proceed using your camera’s manual mode. You need this full level of control as this type of shot can easily be overexposed, losing important detail. During editing, we will enhance the image to make sure the background is dark and the light is the main subject.

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