Light and Reflection Experiment
  • Center Framed
  • Closed Eyes
  • Creative
  • Directional Light
  • floor
  • Harsh Light
  • Indoor
  • Leading lines
  • Mid range
  • Mirror
  • Reflection
  • Room
  • unique
  • Window Light

The story behind the image

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During lockdown, we invited some of our creative friends to visit us for two conceptual shoots. We did one outdoor session and one indoor. The indoor session was set up in our living room, where we were busy with renovations. While busy setting up a shot, we moved the mirror and realised it reflected the metal pressed ceiling. Together we got an idea to create something with this opportunity. The rest was getting the composition to a point where we were happy with the directional lines, the light fall, and setting the shot’s tone and narrative.
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Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

We worked together on this shot. I had to ask them to move a few times and also consider, getting them to sit in a way that feels comfortable for them. It helped to keep the conversation going. Knowing how your couple feels in that moment also reflects in their facial expressions and body language.

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What did you say?

Let’s have you guys sit at the edge of the mirror and find a position that is somewhat comfortable. Close your eyes, and listen to the silence.

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Tone of Directions


Light and Reflection Experiment


The use of a high angle was inspired by moving the mirror for another shot and realising it reflects the texture of the metal pressed ceiling. After that decision was made I wanted to use the directional lines of the mirror and ceiling to create a sense of direction of gaze and intimacy between the two subjects.

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Center Framed


Describe how you spoke to your subject(s)

I focused on the subjects in the reflection of the mirror.

I used auto focus, because I tied to work out the composition and wanted to work fast with capturing each shot.

It was difficult to get both faces in focus. The solution was getting them in the same line of sight to ensure the focus was evenly distributed.

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Focus Mode

Single Shot Autofocus

Focus POints

Single Point

Focused on

The couple's faces

Equipment &

Canon 5D Mark iii
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art Line
1000 @ f/1.4 ISO250 WB-6800

The way the EXIF is written out follows the common photographic method (with the inclusion of White Balance at the end). Here it is broken down:

Shutter Speed @ Aperture ISO White Balance.

Light & Weather

This was really an experimental shot that turned out awesome. This photo was taken in my own living room that we were busy renovating I knew I wanted to get up early to get that warm morning winter sunrise.

There is a big bay window that faces East. The subjects were positioned a meter a way from the window on the floor and the trees outside softened the luminance a bit.

This shot was really fun but I think next time I would have had another mirror behind me to add more reflective light elements.

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Light Type

Natural Light

Time of day




Editing Workflow

How did you edit this image?

I used my personal preset that I developed for indoor sessions. I wanted to go for warmer tones that still respect natural skin tones. I created a slight curve in my tone to balance the highlights. In the HSL I adjusted the luminance of the orange to bring out the highlights and also desaturated the blue and orange curves.

I had to use to spot removal tool to clean up smudge marks on the mirror and dust on the floor. And also the brush tool to soften certain elements in the photo.

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Editing Software
Preset Used
Own personal Presets


There were two main challenges in executing this shot.

1. Posing the subjects so in a mirror reflection that does not distort their faces while getting that ceiling detail in and getting just the right amount of light on them.

2. Avoiding getting myself in the shot. My feet and my reflection.

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1. I played a bit with the angle of the mirror and we had them move multiple times to avoid the distortion on their faces.

What I liked was the directional lines creating the focus points.

2. I had to go lower and not take the photo directly from the top, also me standing next to the edge of the mirror also helped me to avoid getting myself in the reflection.

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Location Name

My Home

Location aDDRESS


Loation Type

Living Room


South Africa

With this shot I learned to trust my gut and go for that crazy shots you sometimes avoid because it feels a bit odd.

During lock down we had time to reflect on not just our business but also the work we were producing. This specific session gave me the confidence to create again.

This shot was created in the comfort of my own home with people I trust and I knew I had the luxury of their patience with me figuring out the composition to the light. If you want to try something like this. This is maybe a good start.

I will not necessarily go for the exact shot again but I will love to play with mirrors and light reflections more.

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