50 Stunning Examples Of Reflective Photography

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Using reflections in photography can lead to some amazing effects and beautiful images. Using water, windows, mirrors or any sort of reflective surface can change an image into a work of art. The wonderful thing about using reflections when taking photos is that they can completely alter the image from something fairly straightforward to something richer or abstract or otherwise more artistic. Sometimes reflections can be annoying and certainly not artistic. But creativity and good-quality photos depend on the photographer being able to see things differently, rather than seeing only one part of a larger whole.

Also, using reflected light can vastly improve the quality of lighting available. Diffused light is generally better for taking photos, and using reflected light, either as the main source of light or for highlighting, is an excellent way to capture diffused light.

Whether you choose to use reflection in an artistic way or as a source of lightning, learning to use reflections in photography will help take your photographic skills to the next level.

Below we present over 50 beautiful examples of reflective photography. All examples are linked to their sources. Below, you can also explore other works of the photographers we’ve featured here.

You may also want to take a look at the following related showcases:

Showcase Of Photos With Reflections:

Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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merriewells10

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Mik13

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François Raimbaud15

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Antti-Jussi Liikala17

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Rebekka Guðleifsdóttir19

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Azzam Merchant10521

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Barbara Jones25

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Julio Salinas27

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kern.justin29

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Lynnette Henderson31

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Janusz Leszczynski33

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Nejdet Düzen37

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Xhengis Aliu43

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Ali Al-Zaidi45

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Chiara47

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Alfredo Corsaro49

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5348 Franco51

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Atwose53

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Matey5556

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Lars A. Giusti58

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Static Sparks60

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Linda O’Dell62

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tinygdynamite64

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Apricot Cafe66

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Philipp Klinger71

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Seldon Scott73

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VISION~AIRY~75

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Mike_tn77

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Jörg B.79

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vedd81

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Ihdar Nur83

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Omar Junior85

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Mine Beyaz87

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AmsterS@m The Wicked Reflectah89
“Old School Beauty BMW reflected in a puddle in Amsterdam…no Photoshop, as usual, just some added saturation and contrast.”

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Philippe Sainte-Laudy9168357

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Hypergurl94

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Maureen_g96

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Sean Mantey98

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Steve Carter100

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Last Click

Julio103

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Azzam Merchant10521

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Francesca Birini107

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Footnotes

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  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  7. 7 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  8. 8 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2284200542/in/set-72057594139995945/
  9. 9 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2165755911/in/set-72057594139995945/
  10. 10 http://www.flickr.com/people/merwells/
  11. 11 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/464167469/
  12. 12 http://www.flickr.com/photos/merwells/2872983631/
  13. 13 http://www.flickr.com/people/mikapache/
  14. 14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikapache/2835109581/
  15. 15 http://www.flickr.com/people/raimbaud/
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/photos/raimbaud/2688462025/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/people/rotametri/
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rotametri/3024390419/
  19. 19 http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com
  20. 20 http://www.rebekkagudleifs.com
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/people/azzammerchant/
  22. 22 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2424143329/
  23. 23 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2484857604/
  24. 24 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2547818726/in/set-72157603409927901/
  25. 25 http://www.flickr.com/people/babsphotosecosse/
  26. 26 http://www.flickr.com/photos/babsphotosecosse/3016655308/
  27. 27 http://www.flickr.com/people/julio_salinas/
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/photos/julio_salinas/215778708/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/people/24894289@N08/
  30. 30 http://www.flickr.com/photos/24894289@N08/2907970995/
  31. 31 http://www.flickr.com/people/lynnette_henderson/
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lynnette_henderson/2513227934/
  33. 33 http://flickr.com/people/januszbc/
  34. 34 http://flickr.com/photos/januszbc/2597363478/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2878792656/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/people/nejdetduzen/
  38. 38 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2544745039/in/set-72157603549084704/
  39. 39 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/sets/72157603549084704/
  40. 40 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2848424240/
  41. 41 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2003691099/in/set-72157603549084704/
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nejdetduzen/2330667941/in/set-72157603549084704/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/people/xhengis/
  44. 44 http://www.flickr.com/photos/xhengis/499132985/
  45. 45 http://www.flickr.com/people/ali-alzaidi/
  46. 46 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ali-alzaidi/3059266891/
  47. 47 http://www.flickr.com/people/81015532@N00/
  48. 48 http://www.flickr.com/photos/81015532@N00/2021316359/
  49. 49 http://www.flickr.com/people/netfred-2007/
  50. 50 http://www.flickr.com/photos/netfred-2007/2014991455/
  51. 51 http://www.flickr.com/people/12708811@N07/
  52. 52 http://www.flickr.com/photos/12708811@N07/2633069893/
  53. 53 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwose/
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/photos/atwose/401006189/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matey/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bamawester/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/matey/2221074664/
  58. 58 http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/gallery.asp?memberID=78345
  59. 59 http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/gallery.asp?memberID=78345
  60. 60 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephsparks/
  61. 61 http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephsparks/2724787793/
  62. 62 http://www.flickr.com/people/lindabjork/
  63. 63 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindabjork/2115430075/
  64. 64 http://www.flickr.com/people/tinygdynamite/
  65. 65 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tinygdynamite/2810210249/
  66. 66 http://flickr.com/people/acafe/
  67. 67 http://flickr.com/photos/acafe/478403242/
  68. 68 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  69. 69 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2594011745/
  70. 70 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2614724709/
  71. 71 http://www.flickr.com/people/dcdead/
  72. 72 http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcdead/2363635002/
  73. 73 http://www.flickr.com/people/seldonscott/
  74. 74 http://www.flickr.com/photos/seldonscott/2595748155/
  75. 75 http://www.flickr.com/people/visionairy/
  76. 76 http://www.flickr.com/photos/visionairy/515153419/
  77. 77 http://www.flickr.com/people/beginasyouare/
  78. 78 http://www.flickr.com/photos/beginasyouare/389577096/
  79. 79 http://www.flickr.com/people/jmbgermany/
  80. 80 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jmbgermany/2805977483/
  81. 81 http://www.flickr.com/people/vedd/
  82. 82 http://www.flickr.com/photos/vedd/359097026/
  83. 83 http://1x.com/member/5848/ihdar-nur/
  84. 84 http://1x.com/member/5848/ihdar-nur/
  85. 85 http://www.flickr.com/people/omarjunior/
  86. 86 http://www.flickr.com/photos/omarjunior/2776589702/
  87. 87 http://www.flickr.com/photos/minebeyaz/2588686759/
  88. 88 http://www.flickr.com/photos/minebeyaz/2588686759/
  89. 89 http://flickr.com/people/amstersam/
  90. 90 http://flickr.com/photos/amstersam/517386614/
  91. 91 http://www.flickr.com/people/pilou/
  92. 92 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2589605396/in/set-72057594139995945/
  93. 93 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pilou/2671080093/in/set-72057594139995945/
  94. 94 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/
  95. 95 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hypergurl/1460521373/
  96. 96 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/
  97. 97 http://www.flickr.com/photos/maureeng/1849716181/
  98. 98 http://www.flickr.com/photos/manteys/
  99. 99 http://www.flickr.com/photos/88667970@N00/2375335109/
  100. 100 http://www.stevecarter.com
  101. 101 http://www.stevecarter.com
  102. 102 http://www.stevecarter.com
  103. 103 http://www.flickr.com/people/risquillo/
  104. 104 http://www.flickr.com/photos/risquillo/654357460/
  105. 105 http://www.flickr.com/people/azzammerchant/
  106. 106 http://www.flickr.com/photos/azzammerchant/2706235403/
  107. 107 http://www.flickr.com/people/firenzesca/
  108. 108 http://www.flickr.com/photos/firenzesca/1140650861/
  109. 109 http://weburbanist.com/2008/11/21/21-impressive-examples-of-reflective-and-symmetrical-photography/
  110. 110 http://www.flickr.com/photos/amstersam/sets/72157594444228243/
  111. 111 http://flickr.com/groups/592533@N25/
  112. 112 http://flickr.com/groups/reflejos_20_reflections/
  113. 113 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
  114. 114 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/03/10/35-fantastic-hdr-pictures/
  115. 115 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/04/28/really-stunning-pictures-and-photos/
  116. 116 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/07/14/let-there-be-light-light-paintings-and-sculptures/
  117. 117 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/08/24/45-beautiful-motion-blur-photos/
  118. 118 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/

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Vailancio Rodrigues is a web ninja who bakes semantic muffins. Apart from that he is also interested in Motion Graphics, Visual Effects, Photography and knows little bit of Physics due to his college education . He is from Goa - a beautiful tropical paradise in India.

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    YAYYY! =) <3

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    i love her ^^

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    Yippieeeeee ! Photography is so AWESOME!

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    Mrs. Solliday is awesomeness to the max! <3

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    Mrs. Sollidays class rocks!!!!

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    awesome

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    some one else commet if yo r in mrs bodells class

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    where can you get one of those glass balls with the great reflections?

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    Beautiful collection of reflective images – it’s a technique I’ve used extensively myself – http://blog.formidablephotography.com/category/photoblog-archives/reflections-photoblog-archives/

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    Brenda De Leon

    July 6, 2012 1:57 am

    This is awesome i love all the pictures they look so beautiful. <3

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    Hi, I am trying to trace who owns the copyright to a picture you have featured on your site and wonder if you can help. There doesn’t seem to be a way of attaching the image here so maybe you can drop me a line. Thank you.

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    wooooooooooooooooooow its funnnnyyyy

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