Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo trick of now will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we found the pretty colours aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Today let us add shapes 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 stunning colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sundown landscape photographs) the best star is an individual! Folks like looking at people! You will receive the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to put in a man. In shape showing no element and normally showing full detail.
Now's sundown photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result may be one of the most exquisite photographs you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key 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 sunset photography, getting the black shape that is pure with no detail is really fairly easy. In our previous discussions, we have 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 dark areas - now we just let them go dim.
The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the individual so to put in a silhouette. Your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to reveal element in the event you meter from the person.
In other words, you need 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.
In adding a silhouette, the second concern we have is actually 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' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the capacity to instantly tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will blend together and distort the image.
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This thought is difficult to place in words but easy to understand. I am sure you've seen photos where the shapes combined together and neither looks correct. 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's nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This consists of the ground... Often I see shapes where the top half of the version is in shape but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is somewhat lower to avoid this type of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you need to be careful for your silhouette not reading correctly because it mixes with others, it can blend 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 vital to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of the individual. The reality that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, no one is 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 effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
The shape could radically change and appear odd in silhouette. It may look as a tiara in the wedding photos, but in silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.
Study various poses for their contours and find several you can use if you are creating silhouettes. When the specific situation appears, so that you'll always have them at hand, add them to your notebook.
Shapes are not just powerful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at 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 silhouettes. There are many times when a shape is just the thing you need to distinguish you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A