Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Today's landscape photography photo tip 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 sundown photo. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star could be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The stunning colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape photos) the most effective star is a person! People like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more readily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to add a man. In silhouette showing no element and generally revealing complete detail.
Now's sunset photography photo tip will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be one of the most exquisite pictures you may really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential element to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the pure black shape free of detail is really quite easy. In our previous conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only let them go dim.
The initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to add a silhouette. If you meter from the individual, your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show 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 correct spot in the photo.
In including a shape, the second concern we have is actually harder 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' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must have the capacity to instantly tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.
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This notion is hard to put in words but simple to understand. I'm certain you have seen photos where the silhouettes blended together and neither appears right. Someone 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 silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a somewhat lower vantage point to avert this kind of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading right because it combines 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 crucial to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of the individual. The very fact that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going in order to tell what she looks like.
Take photo examples out of magazines and color them with 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 look strange in silhouette. In shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various find several you may use when you are making silhouettes and poses for their contours. So that you may always have them at hand when the situation appears, add them to your notebook.
Silhouettes are not just powerful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church from outside silhouetting them together with the light.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you must distinguish you from the bunch, its worth learning the way to do them well. A