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Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!

Now's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.

Formerly, we discovered that the pretty colours aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.

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

But (as in our routine non sunset landscape pictures) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.

In a sunset photograph there's two methods to add a person. In silhouette showing no aspect and normally showing complete detail.

Today's sunset photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or really 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 really 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 man (or bird or tree). Your contour will be pure black with no detail.

In sunset photography, getting the pure black shape free of detail is actually quite easy. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo will go black. Ta-daaa!

Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we only have them go dim.

The initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the person so to add a silhouette. Your camera is likely to make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show element should you meter from the person.

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

Easy.

In adding a shape, the second concern we have is actually 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 must have the capacity to instantly tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will combine together and distort the image.

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This thought is hard to place in words but easy to understand. I am certain you've seen photos where the silhouettes blended together and neither appears correct. An individual 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 intersecting with your silhouetted contour.

This includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette. You may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to avert 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 combines with others, it can combine with itself also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.

The pose is critical, to get an effective silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of the individual. The very fact that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this case. In a silhouette, no one is 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 powerful if that was all you could see of the individual?

Hats and other clothes could radically alter the form and appear odd in silhouette. It may look as a tiara in the wedding photos, but in silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking out of her head.

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

Shapes are not just successful in sundown 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 from outside silhouetting them together with the light.

Practice today's landscape photography photo hint by including silhouettes on how best to get better sunset photography. There are various times when a shape is just the thing you must separate you from the gang, its worth learning the way to do them well. A