Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo trick of now will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colours are not 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 might 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 sunset landscape photographs) the best star is a person! Folks like looking at people! You will receive the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in a person. In shape showing no aspect and generally revealing complete detail.
Today's sunset photography photo trick will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be one of the most exquisite photos you may create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure contour that is black free of detail is really fairly simple. In our previous discussions, we've 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 just let them go dim.
So to add a silhouette, the initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual. Should you meter from the individual, your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to reveal detail.
To put it differently, it's necessary for you to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right spot in the photo.
In adding a shape, the second concern we've got is actually more difficult 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' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should manage to immediately tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of another object, 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 hard to put in words but easy to understand. I'm sure you have observed pictures where the shapes neither appears correct and combined together. A person 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 is nothing intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This includes the ground... Often I see shapes 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 avert this sort of blending.
The third factor to think about is the contour itself! Not only do you have to watch out for your shape not reading right because it blends 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 usual photo of the individual. The fact that she is a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this event. In a shape, no one is definitely going in order to tell what she looks like.
Consider 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 individual?
Other clothing and hats could radically change the shape and look strange in silhouette. It might look like a tiara in the wedding photos, but in shape, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use if you are creating silhouettes. When the specific situation arises, so you may always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not only successful in sunset 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 with all the light from outside silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo tip by including silhouettes on how to get better sundown photography. There are many times when a shape is just the thing you need to separate you from the gang, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A