When photographing reflections, you’re looking to capture the reflection of specific elements or to capture the ambiance of the scene by including reflections of color.
Common elements to reflect in the scene are trees, animals, man-made structures, and clouds. Common elements to reflect color in the scene are clouds, sky, sunset and sunrise reds, oranges, and yellows.
Symmetrical reflections, or reflections where the subject and the reflection share half of the photograph each, are the easiest to master. Starting with systematical reflections allows you to focus on simpler compositions until you get the hang of them.
1. USE LANDSCAPE ELEMENTS AND WATER TO START
Mastering anything in photography requires practice. When trying to master a new skill set in photography, picking a subject that is easily available can speed up our learning. So, for reflections, this is landscape elements with water such as ponds and lakes. By focusing on elements within the landscape instead of complete scenes, you will train your eye to look for reflections in the water.