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Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!

The landscape photography photo tip of now will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.

Previously, we found that the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Today let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.

In previous articles, we've mentioned that the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.

But (as in our routine non sundown landscape photos) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being revealed.

In a sunset photograph there is two methods to put in an individual. In shape showing no aspect and normally showing complete detail.

Today's sunset photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the very exquisite photos you could create.

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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will likely be pure black with no detail.

In sundown photography, getting the pure black contour free of detail is actually fairly simple. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!

Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we just let them go dark.

So to add a silhouette, the first step will be to meter from the sky, not the man. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show detail, in case you meter from the individual.

To put it differently, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the correct spot in the photo.

Easy.

In including a shape, the 2nd concern we have is really more challenging to get right.

Remember, you are adding a contour and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it has to 'read' correctly.

By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must certanly have the capacity to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of some other item, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.

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This notion is difficult to put in words but easy to comprehend. I'm certain you've seen pictures where the silhouettes blended together and neither seems right. An individual using a palm tree growing out of their head, a palm tree with a seagull's wing sticking out of the trunk and so on...

Be sure that there is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.

This consists of the ground... Often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is slightly lower to prevent this type of blending.

The 3rd factor to consider is the contour itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your shape not reading accurately because it blends with others, it can blend with itself also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.

To get a productive silhouette, the pose is critical! Even more so than in a normal photo of the man. The fact that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this scenario. In a shape, no one is definitely going to be able to tell what she looks like.

Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?

The shape could dramatically alter and look bizarre in silhouette. It might look as a tiara in the wedding photos, but in shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking out of her head.

Study various poses for their contours and find several you can use if you are making silhouettes. Add them to your notebook so you may always have them at hand when the specific situation appears.

Shapes are not just successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church with the light from outdoor silhouetting them.

Exercise today's landscape photography photo tip on how best to get better sunset photography by including shapes. There are many times when a shape is just the thing you need to separate you from the group, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A