Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Now's landscape photography photo tip will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered the pretty colors aren't enough. A winning sunset photo wants a star. Now let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent 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'll get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a man. In shape showing no aspect and normally revealing full detail.
Today's sundown photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the very exquisite pictures you may really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key component to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the shape that is black that is pure free of detail is actually fairly easy. In our previous discussions, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we only have them go dark.
So to put in a shape, the first step is to meter from the sky, not the person. In the event that 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 have 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.
The second concern we've got in adding a shape is really more challenging to get right.
Remember, 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 certanly have the ability to immediately tell what it really 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 notion is difficult to place in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you have observed pictures where the shapes neither seems correct and combined together. A person with a palm tree growing out of their head, a palm tree using a seagull's wing sticking out of the trunk and so on...
Be sure that there is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This contains the ground... Frequently 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 slightly lower to avert this type of blending.
The third factor to take into account is the shape itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your shape not reading accurately 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.
The pose is vital to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of the individual. The fact that she is a pretty girl doesn't matter in this situation. In a silhouette, 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?
The form could radically alter and appear bizarre in silhouette. It might look like a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you may use when you are creating silhouettes. Add them to your laptop when the specific situation appears, so that you may always have them at hand.
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 in the doorway of the church from outdoor silhouetting them together with the light.
Training today's landscape photography photo tip on how best to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to distinguish you from the bunch, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A