Learn To Make Attractive Upside Down Reflection Photos
Upside down reflection, how to add one to a photograph. This is another fun project that should help you enjoy photography.
Basically you take a photograph, either one from your portfolio, or shoot a new one for the project.
Then you copy the entire photo, and turn the copy upside down.
Next you take the upside down copy, and reduce it to 25%. That is 25% of the width by 25% of the height.
This will actually reduce the copy to one sixteenth of the original size.
To finish off just place the upside down copy on top of the original.
It will give the illusion of a mirror being in the photograph.
An upside down reflection may sound like a mirror photograph, but it’s somewhat different.
Making an upside down reflection
The first sample of an upside down reflection, is a landscape photograph.
It shows a rural road with some electricity generating wind turbines on the left.
The top photo shows the scene as shot. The middle photo shows the exact same scene turned upside down.
After that I reduced the middle version to 25% of the dimensions of the original photograph.
This doesn’t reduce the photograph to one quarter of the original, but to one sixteenth.
If you do the maths; 1 x 1 = 1, but 4 x 4 = 16.
Then I just pasted the upside down reduced photograph onto the right side up original.
I placed the smaller photo near the bottom and towards the centre of the original.
It looks a little like a mirror left in the middle of the road.
Another upside down reflection
It’s fun making an upside down reflection so I made a second one.
This time I chose a photograph of a boat anchored in a bay.
It is a photo of a cloudless sky, a rarity in the West of Ireland, and a cream coloured boat.
The sea is very still, and more or less the exact same colour as the sky, a light blue.
As before the process was copying, reducing, flipping, and pasting the small photo onto the larger one.
At a quick glance it’s hard to tell if the small photo is flipped. A closer look will show that it is.
There’s a lot of plain blue in this photo, made up of the sea and sky.
The upside down mirror image adds a little more detail to the composition.
It doesn’t look right
The third sample is a different type of photograph.
It shows part of a car parked in a drive, and it was shot from above. Both car and drive are shot at an angle.
The middle photograph is clearly the first one upside down. It doesn’t look like a reflection, in the third, finished one.
This is because of the angle in the photograph. In what should be the mirror image, the angles are all wrong.
The small photo look exactly like what it is, the big photo upside down.
If the car and drive were both straight out from the camera, it would have looked like a mirror image.
Another landscape one
This one looks somewhat like the first sample above.
It shows a shallow river with some fields, and mountains in the background.
There is a stone wall built along one side of the river.
The landscape upside down phots look better than most others.
They do look like it might be a mirror left near the bottom centre of the scene.
The contrast between the bright sky and the darker land show this to be a mirror image immediately.
A bouquet of flowers
The last sample I have is with a photo of a bouquet of flowers.
It shows the bouquet of flowers in a glass vase, with a pink bow around the vase.
A lot of the detail of this photograph is in the bottom centre, where I usually place the mirror image.
On either side of the vase is plain wall, which is the background.
This time I decided to place the reflection to the side, where there is only plain wall.
It gives a less symmetrical look to the image and improves the composition.
If anything it looks more like an upside down mirror than any of the others. It appears to be on the wall, behind the flowers.
About this project
There isn’t any point to this project except to have fun.
Photography can become so serious that there isn’t any fun left in it.
Taking time to do projects like this can put some fun back in using a camera.
Photography doesn’t have to be fun, but it can, and it’s a pity if it isn’t.
If it’s becoming a chore, then it’s time for a little project like this, making an upside down reflection.