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Wie man Spiegel als Lichtquelle nutzt

Spiegel können beim Ausleuchten von Fotomotiven eine kreative Abwechslung sein. Aber Spiegel als Lichtquelle werden bei der Lichtsetzung nur selten verwendet. Dies ist verständlich, denn mit einem starren Spiegel lässt sich das Licht nicht formen, sondern nur umlenken. Zudem ist er schwer und leicht zerbrechlich. Auch als Bildelemente sind Spiegel für den Fotografen eine Herausforderung, denn die mögliche eigene Spiegelung ist ein unerwünschter Nebeneffekt. Wer aber grundsätzlich auf Spiegel verzichtet, dem entgeht ein originelles Stilmittel und eine große Herausforderung, an der man wachsen kann. 

Wie man Spiegel als Lichtquelle nutzt

Spiegel als Bildelement

The biggest problem with reflective surfaces in the background is not to show up as a photographer himself in the image. With a little planning and creativity, however, can avoid this. It is important to find a suitable location. This can be about - be composed of mirror tiles facade of a building - as in the example of the lead story image.

An open aperture creates a pleasant blur in the background and an oblique camera angle prevents the reflection of the photographer. Before the actual shooting some test shots should be made to assess the reflection in the background exactly. In the example, the silhouette of a building as well as the sharp edge of a green strip are practically invisible, which is adjacent to a path of concrete. The distortion of the slightly curved tiles ensures visual variety.

However, caution is advised when the surfaces are contaminated. In public places often find fingerprints or deposits that are clearly seen in the photographs. Who wants to keep the later retouching burden, therefore, should examine his test shots accurately.

How to use the mirror as a light source. The full article can be read here at Mirror online

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Christian Thieme

Christian Thieme is active since 2005, professionally in the field of photography. At the beginning of the new millennium, he has dealt with Photoshop, and now uses the full range of Adobe products for its photographic and journalistic work. He publishes a podcast for photo subjects and regularly hosts photo Walks.

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