Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo hint will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered that the pretty colors aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape photographs) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at people! You will get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to add an individual. In shape showing no element and normally showing complete detail.
Now's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be one of the very exquisite photographs you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key element to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black shape that is pure with no detail is really quite easy. In our previous discussions, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only have them go dim.
The initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual so to add a shape. Your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show detail, should you meter from the person.
To put it differently, it's necessary for you to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct spot in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in adding a silhouette is really more challenging to get right.
Don't forget, you're adding a shape and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it's to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the ability to immediately tell what it really is. In case 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 hard to place in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you have seen pictures where the silhouettes mixed together and neither appears appropriate. An individual with 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's nothing intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This contains the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to avoid this form of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your shape not reading right because it mixes 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 an effective shape, the pose is essential! Even more so than in a usual photo of this person. The very fact that she is a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, no one is going in order to tell what she looks like.
Take photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and look odd in silhouette and other clothing could dramatically alter the form. In silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use when you are creating silhouettes. When the specific situation appears, so you'll always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not just effective in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church together with the light from outside silhouetting them.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo tip by including silhouettes on how to get better sunset photography. There are various times when a shape is just the thing you need to distinguish you from the gang, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A