Home » Arts and Entertainment » Photography

Avoid Shooting Directly At Reflective Materials

Aug 17, 2007
Mirror is a good reflective material. Glasses are another good example. Water also reflects light quite well. If you do not believe me, try looking at a pool of water for the reflection of the sunlight. Please remember to protect yourself with good sunglasses before you do that. Sunglasses are also another example of good reflective materials.

Good reflective materials reflect light very well. They reflect so well that they can spoil your photos! Usually, you will not take notice of them until you have seen those photos that you have taken earlier. You will realize that the photos have bright spots due to the strong reflection of the reflective materials in the background.

You can conduct a simple experiment for yourself. Go to a mirror and try to take a photo of your image in the mirror. Take one photo with a flash light and the other without the flash light. After taking the photos, examine them.

For the photo taken with a flash light, you will notice there is a bright spot in the photo representing the reflection. This is so significant that it commands the main attention instead of your subject. The bright spot ended up as the main focus instead of your subject.

For the photo taken without a flash light, you may notice other possible bright spots. For example, the sunlight through the windows may have caused multiple reflections in the mirror, thus creating the bright spots in the photo. And bright spots distract the attention from the main subject. In short, they spoil the photo.

From the experiment, we can conclude two things. Firstly, please do not use a flash light or any strong light source directly at the reflective material. The reflection will create bright spot that will destroy the photo. Secondly, avoid taking a photo of the subject where the background contains reflective materials. This is equivalent to shooting directly at reflective materials.

We can extend the experiment further by taking a photo of the mirror at various angle. Instead of taking directly or 90 degrees, we can take the photo from any angle varying between 10 to 80 degrees. Try to take the photos with and without flash light. Examine the photos after the shooting experiment.

For photos taken with flash light, you will notice that there are certain angles where the bright spot are much darker. For photos taken without flash light, you will notice that there are certain angles where there is almost no bright spots. In conclusion, if you want to take a photo of reflective material as a subject, you will have to find a suitable angle to reduce the bright spots issue.

In short, the simple idea that I will like to share with you is:
Avoid shooting directly at reflective materials.
About the Author
Max Ng shares about his struggling for success at http://www.yourgreatestgift.com .
He learns from success people via online video seminars at
http://www.secrets4me.com.
His photography tips can be found at http://www.addictivephoto.com.
Rating:
Please Rate:
(Average: Not rated)
Views: 135
Print Email Report Share
Article Categories
    • Classic Cars
    • Motorcycles
    • Recreational Vehicles
    • SUVs
    • Trucks
    • Vans
    • Branding
    • Business Opportunities
    • Careers and Jobs
    • Corporate
    • Customer Service
    • Direct Mail
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Ethics
    • Financing
    • Franchising
    • Home-Based Business
    • Human Resources
    • Import and Export
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Market Research
    • Marketing and Advertising
    • Negotiation
    • Network Marketing
    • Networking
    • Organizational
    • Presentation
    • Project Management
    • Public Relations
    • Small Business
    • Strategic Planning
    • Team Building
    • Telemarketing
    • Training
    • Data Recovery
    • Databases
    • Games
    • Hardware
    • Networks
    • Operating Systems
    • Programming
    • Security
    • Software
    • Spyware and Viruses
    • Ask an Expert
    • College and University
    • Home Schooling
    • K-12
    • Languages
    • Online Education
    • Psychology
    • Accounting
    • Credit
    • Currency Trading
    • Debt Consolidation
    • Insurance
    • Investing
    • Leasing
    • Loans
    • Mortgage
    • Mutual Funds
    • Personal Finance
    • Stock Market
    • Structured Settlements
    • Taxes
    • Wealth Building
    • Coffee
    • Cooking
    • Gourmet
    • Recipes
    • Wine and Spirits
    • Acne
    • Aerobics
    • Alternative Medicine
    • Beauty
    • Cancer
    • Cosmetics
    • Depression
    • Diabetes
    • Diseases and Conditions
    • Fitness Equipment
    • Fitness
    • Hair Loss
    • Heart Disease
    • Medicine
    • Men's Health
    • Muscle Building
    • Nutrition
    • Skin Care
    • Supplements and Vitamins
    • Weight Loss
    • Women's Health
    • Yoga
    • Arts and Crafts
    • Babies
    • Collecting
    • Elderly Care
    • Genealogy
    • Hobbies
    • Parenting
    • Pets
    • Pregnancy
    • Woodworking
    • Feng Shui
    • Gardening
    • Home Appliances
    • Home Security
    • Interior Design
    • Landscaping
    • Affiliate Programs
    • Article Marketing
    • Auctions
    • Audio
    • Banner Advertising
    • Blogging
    • Broadband
    • Domain Names
    • E-Books
    • E-Commerce
    • Email Marketing
    • Ezines and Newsletters
    • Forums
    • Internet Marketing
    • Link Popularity
    • Pay-Per-Click
    • Podcasting
    • RSS
    • Search Engine Marketing
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Security
    • Social Media
    • Spam
    • Video
    • Viral Marketing
    • Web Design
    • Web Development
    • Web Hosting
    • Copyright
    • Cyber Law
    • Intellectual Property
    • National, State, Local
    • Patents
    • Regulatory Compliance
    • Trademarks
    • Buying
    • Selling
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Boating
    • Cycling
    • Extreme Sports
    • Fishing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Hockey
    • Hunting
    • Martial Arts
    • Running
    • Scuba Diving
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Dating
    • Divorce
    • Marriage
    • Weddings
    • Astrology
    • Buddhism
    • Christianity
    • Faith
    • Hinduism
    • Islam
    • Judaism
    • Meditation
    • Metaphysical
    • New Age
    • Cable and Satellite TV
    • Cell Phones
    • Communication
    • Gadgets and Gizmos
    • GPS
    • Satellite Radio
    • Video Conferencing
    • VoIP
    • Addictions
    • Coaching
    • Goal Setting
    • Motivational
    • Stress Management
    • Time Management
    • Clothing
    • Electronics
    • Fashion
    • Gifts
    • Jewelry
    • Causes and Organizations
    • Environment
    • History
    • Holidays
    • Men's Issues
    • Nature
    • Philosophy
    • Politics
    • Women's Issues
    • World Affairs
    • Air Travel
    • Camping
    • Cruises
    • Destinations
    • Outdoors
    • Article Writing
    • Book Reviews
    • Copywriting
    • Fiction
    • Non-Fiction
    • Poetry
    • Quotes
    • Screenplay
    • Tools and Resources