Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we found the pretty colours aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned that the star might be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape photos) the best star is an individual! People like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more readily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add a man. In shape showing no aspect and normally revealing full detail.
Today's sunset photography photo trick will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be among the very exquisite pictures you may ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial component to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the pure shape that is black free of detail is really pretty easy. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, 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 is to meter from the sky, not the man. Your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show element in the event that you meter from the person.
In other words, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct place in the photo.
The 2nd concern we've got in adding a silhouette is actually harder to get right.
Remember, you are adding a shape 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 must certanly have the ability to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of another item, 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 notion is hard to put in words but simple to comprehend. I'm certain you've observed photos where the silhouettes blended together and neither appears appropriate. 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 intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This consists of the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the version is in shape. You may have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avert this type of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your silhouette not reading accurately because it blends with others, it can combine 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 critical, to get an effective silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of this person. The fact that she is a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this case. 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 using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the person?
The form could drastically alter and appear strange in silhouette. It might look as a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you can use when you're making silhouettes and poses for their contours. Add them to your laptop when the specific situation arises, so that you may always have them at hand.
Silhouettes are not just effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how best to get better sundown photography by including shapes. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A