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This magical lens filter can be used as a mirror – perfect for shooting portraits

Reflective lens filter
(Image credit: Exelence Brilliance Design)

If you're working with an inexperienced model, one of the most useful things you can do is show them images on the back of your camera so that they can see what they look like. This means that they can identify any potential problems and adjust them as the shoot continues. However, Exelence Brilliance Indesign (EBI) has just launched a Kickstarter for a polarizer filter that could be a total game-changer for models and photographers alike. 

This circular polarizing filter has a reflective front section that can be used like a mirror, which can be used by models who wish to see themselves as they pose. This could be beneficial for models who lack experience and want to ensure they're posing correctly. 

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Aside from having a reflective surface for subjects to be able to use as a mirror, the filter also offers a polarizing feature. Polarizing filters are used to reduce reflections – and can also add an extra kick in blue skies by increasing the saturation and contrast. 

The Reflective filter has a thread size of 82mm, which can be adapted to smaller filter threaded lenses via step down adapters. The design of the filter makes it a one-way reflective mirror filter so that the subject will be able to see themselves and the camera will still be able to pick up the subject. EBI states that there is no loss in image quality when using the filter. 

Co-founder of the company Omar Hammouda discusses how his experience as a portrait photographer and videographer meant that he found "countless" instances where models and influencers needed a real way to make eye contact with the lens. This particular filter is designed with those influencers, vloggers and models in mind.

The Kickstarter project is currently underway and has already exceeded its $10,000 goal. EBI aims to deliver the filters to project backers in June of this year. The filter is available for $50 dollars via the Kickstarter project (opens in new tab), which is currently offering a substantial saving of $100 from the RRP of $150. 

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Usman Dawood
Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 


With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!