Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo suggestion of today will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape pictures) the best star is a person! Folks like looking at folks! You will get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to put in a person. In silhouette showing no element and generally showing full detail.
Today's sundown photography photo trick will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the most exquisite pictures you could really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial component to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black contour that is pure free of detail is really fairly easy. 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!
Formerly, 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 person so to put in a shape. Your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element, in the event you meter from the person.
In other words, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the correct position in the photo.
The second concern we have in including a silhouette is really more challenging to get right.
Remember, you are adding a shape and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it has to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must certanly have the capacity to immediately tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will blend together and distort the image.
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This notion is hard to place in words but simple to understand. I am sure you've seen photos where the shapes neither appears right and combined together. 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 shape.
This comprises the ground... Often I see silhouettes 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 marginally lower to avoid this form of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your shape not reading correctly because it mixes with others, it can blend with itself also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.
To get an effective silhouette, the pose is crucial! Even more so than in a normal photo of the person. The reality that she's a girl that is pretty does not matter in this case. In a shape, no one is definitely going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Take photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other clothing could dramatically alter the form and look strange in silhouette. In silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look like a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various find several you may use when you're creating silhouettes and poses for their contours. So that you'll always have them at hand when the specific situation appears, add them to your notebook.
Shapes are not only effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church from outside silhouetting them together with the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint by including shapes on how to get better sundown photography. There are many times when a shape is just the thing you must distinguish you from the group, its worth learning how to do them well. A