How to create Magical Portraits and Landscapes just Using your Phone Screen

Updated: Jun 9, 2018

Photographers are always looking to take creative, novel portraits and a quick, simple trick is often sitting right in their pocket. By using a phone screen as a reflective surface, it is possible to cover up unsightly elements, add intrigue, and make an image that much more interesting.

So without wasting any further time, let's share the secret:

Step-1: Start by holding your phone on a horizontal plane to the bottom edge of your lens.

Step-2: As you look through the viewfinder you’ll see part of the scene reflecting onto the lower part of the image.

Step-3: Simply adjust the phone slightly (while still holding it close the edge of the lens) until you see a reflection that you like the most.
Step-4. Press that Shutter Button and woohoo you just got an awesome picture!

Here are few some other things which you need to keep in mind:

  1. If you have a bulky case protecting your phone remove it to create a more seamless reflection.

  2. The reflected portion of the image will often appear darker or lighter than the rest of the image. Applying a gradient in post-production helps to add balance and intrigue to the image.

  3. Architectural elements (ie. Window, pillars, arches) reflect well and often work great with this technique.

  4. Results don’t always have to be dramatic. Sometimes a slight reflection can help frame a subject or add that little something.

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