Faces in the Mirror

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Faces in the mirror is quite easy and yet intriguing since it involves capturing images or rather the reflection of someone's face on a mirror with nothing else showing. The showcase and complete emphasis is on the face reflected in the mirror.

But do not use just any mirror. The ones that lend themselves best for this project are those mirrors that are small enough to only show a reflection of a face when it is close enough to it.

The models should be looking at your reflection. You as the photographer should position yourself in such an angle so as not to allow your own reflection to be visible to the camera.

It is best to set up the shoot in a darkened room with only one light source aimed at the model but opposite the mirror; in other words place the light source behind the model and let it be diffused light to avoid creating harsh spots.

This is in a way a portrait theme but with a twist. The reaction of your audience, and actually the entire appeal of the technique is for your models to strike a somewhat calm, lucid yet intriguing pose and your models do not necessarily have to fit the typical model stereotype. It can be anyone so long as they have an interesting face and this can be captured in your photos.

The most difficult part of the entire process is to evaluate your models and decide if their facial features are interesting enough for the shoot. Try to avoid using people who have a very clear face; better to use subjects who may have some distinguishing features on their face as this adds to the intrigue.

Alternatively, and here is where your creativity comes into play, you can use models wearing a mask or makeup that makes them unusual. These types of photographs often have more of an appeal than simple ones.

You can also fit the technique to a theme such as a horror one where you would have a models wearing a dark and "ghoulish" looking make up.

Keep in mind that these photos are not meant to be similar to those used in makeup commercials, this is not a beauty shot.

You can include parts of the back side of your models as they look into the mirror if you feel that this adds to the scene but do not do it simply to fill the frame. Do it for effect only.

I you want to go into a different direction, then use a broken mirror or one where the mirror glass surface is splintered but yet remains on its backing. This can create very dramatic images.

Just be very careful when splintering the glass as tiny pieces can strike you in the eyes. Always wear face and eye protection when doing this.

A good safe way is to lay the mirror on the ground and cover it with a cloth like a towel while you gently strike it with a solid object.

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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

Wow, those photos are really neat. I might have to try doing some of this type of photography. Voted up and shared :)


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

CassyLu1981: Thank you


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

my favorite is the one with the woman from the venetian carnival


Lynn S. Murphy 4 years ago

That is very cool. All your ideas are cool. I think my list is several pages now.


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LuisEGonzalez 4 years ago from Miami, Florida Author

Richard-Murray and Lynn: thank you both

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