Shooting Challenge: Reflection In a Mirror

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It's the oldest trick in the book—reflect any object in a mirror and said object becomes infinitely more artsy. For this week's Shooting Challenge, let's show the world why mirrored surfaces have still got it.


The Challenge

Shoot whatever you want, as long as it includes a mirror/reflection somewhere in the photo. HOWEVER, let's focus on man-made mirrors (or reflective surfaces) for this week, not reflections in liquid like bodies of water or coffee cups. Make sense?


The Method

There's a lot of fun stuff to play with when working with mirrors, accounting for light sources, angle of approach and focal point. (The lead shot, for instance, was simply taken in a bathroom.) This tutorial on the subject runs through a few of these topics to keep in mind, but it's just a superficial skim of what can be done. The experienced among you should definitely enlighten the group with tips in the comments.

The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. (No portfolio linking or it spoils the "challenge" part.)
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings and technique used to snag the shot.
4. Email submissions to
5. Include 800px wide image (100KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. (The 800px image is the one judged, so feel free to crop/alter the larger image for wallpaper-sized dimensions.)


Send your best entries by Sunday, March 21st at 11PM Eastern to with "Reflection" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs or GIFs, and use a FirstnameLastnameREFLECTION.jpg (800px) and FirstnameLastnameREFLECTIONEWALLPAPER.jpg (2560px) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email.

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[Lead photo by MVKTech]

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