Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo suggestion of today will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Now let us add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned the star might be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The magnificent colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape photos) the most effective star is a person! People like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to add a person. In shape showing no aspect and generally revealing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be one of the most exquisite photographs you could ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential component to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the black contour that is pure with no detail is actually pretty easy. In our previous discussions, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we just have them go dim.
The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual, so to add a silhouette. Should you meter from the individual, your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show element.
In other words, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the correct position in the photo.
In adding a silhouette, the second concern we have is in fact more difficult to get right.
Don't forget, you're adding a contour and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it's to 'read' right.
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 thing, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is difficult to put in words but easy to understand. I am sure you have observed photographs where the shapes mixed together and neither looks right. A person who has 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This contains the ground... Frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avoid this type of blending.
The third factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your silhouette not reading accurately because it mixes with others, it can combine with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is essential to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of this man. The fact that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this case. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and other clothing could radically change the shape and appear strange in silhouette. It might look as a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various find several you can use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. So that you will always have them at hand when the specific situation appears, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not just successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church together with the light from outside silhouetting them.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on what steps to take to to get better sunset photography. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the bunch, its worth learning the way to do them nicely. A