Reflection Experiment

Reflection Experiment

I resisted Pinterest for a long time because I felt I just didn’t have time for it and that Facebook already sucked too much time from my life.

But Pinterest, Facebook, along with other social media such as Instagram and Snapchat, are very good methods of sharing information. Most all of us are now caught up in the weave of the internet. There is a likeness in all these medias to connect and share interests. Everything is literally at the touch of our fingertips. On to my point here; I got this cool idea from Pinterest and wanted to try it myself! Sometimes I am not very good at following instructions and had to go back and read the article again and then I just got out there to experiment and see if this was a real thing a person could do.

Using a smart phone as a reflective surface to mirror effects into a photograph without having to use Photoshop. I used Adobe Lightroom for color corrections, cropping and watermarking.

Here is a link to the original tutorial: https://mymodernmet.com/mathias-fast-photography-hack/

After some pretty bad trial and errors I started to get the hang of it. These are some flowers I have out in the back yard. With no objective in mind other than to see if a smart phone actually makes a good mirror.

Using a smart phone as a reflective surface for unique photo effect without using Photoshop
Using a smart phone as a reflective surface for unique photo effect without using Photoshop

Then I went back in the house to talk it over with my husband and figured out that I was positioning the smart phone wrong in reference to the camera lens and I needed to take the cover off my phone. The smart phone grip was a huge help also to hold the phone secure in my hand, without the cover on the phone they can feel pretty thin and slippery. And also to power the phone all the way off so I wasn’t accidentally touching the screen and lighting the phone up, it won’t work if the phone is lit up. OK, below is a little better, a cleaner looking transition.

Using a smart phone as a reflective surface for unique photo effect without using Photoshop

Outside to try again. I got very lucky and a cooperative butterfly was hungrily sopping up juices from our tall yellow flowers. As long as I moved slowly he didn’t seem to mind me following him around from flower to flower. I got quite a few shots but these two were the most interesting. It looks like a refection in a pool of water.

Using a smart phone as a reflective surface for unique photo effect without using Photoshop
Using a smart phone as a reflective surface for unique photo effect without using Photoshop

Then my husband and I packed up in the car to head to Howell for a Steam Engine train ride at the Howell Melon Festival. We stopped by Munsell’s sunflower patch on Mason Rd along the way and I tried my technique there real quick. The idea I had was to reflect the sky underneath the sunflowers. In this first photo I didn’t crop the photo at all so that you can see the edges of the phone and the vignette shadows from using a wide angle attachment on my 55mm lens. It is tricky getting the two objects, the camera and the smart phone, positioned in such a way that this works. Kinda like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time – but not really THAT bad. 🙂

Using a smart phone as a reflective surface for unique photo effect without using Photoshop

Below is what I got. Then we had to be on our way!

Using a smart phone as a reflective surface for unique photo effect without using Photoshop

I can not say it enough; one of the best things ever about photography is that you can never learn it all and there is ALWAYS something else to try, something else to discover, and on top of all of that the light is ever changing. LOVE

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