Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo tip of today will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered that the pretty colours are not enough. A winning sunset photo wants a star. Now let's add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned the star may be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape photographs) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a person. In silhouette showing no aspect and normally revealing complete detail.
Now's sundown photography photo suggestion will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the most exquisite pictures you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key element to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black shape that is pure free of detail is actually fairly simple. In our previous discussions, 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 just have them go dark.
The initial step is to meter from the sky, not the individual so to add a shape. In case you meter from the individual, your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element.
To put it differently, you have 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.
The second concern we've got in adding a silhouette is in fact harder to get right.
Don't forget, you are adding a contour 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 be able to immediately tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other item, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will blend together and distort the image.
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This thought is hard to place in words but easy to comprehend. I'm sure you have seen photos where the silhouettes neither appears correct and combined together. Someone 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's nothing intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This comprises 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 vantage point that is somewhat lower to avoid this type of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you have to look out for your silhouette 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.
The pose is crucial, to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of the man. The very fact that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this event. In a silhouette, no one is going to be able 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 effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and look bizarre in silhouette and other clothing could drastically change the form. In silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head, although it may look as a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various find several you can use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their contours. When the situation arises, so that you'll always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not only effective in sunset 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 from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to separate you from the group, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A