Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we found the pretty colours aren't enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned that the star could 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 regular non sunset landscape pictures) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at people! You're going to get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to put in a person. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally showing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be one of the most exquisite photographs you could 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 man (or bird or tree). Your contour will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black contour that is pure free of detail is really pretty easy. In our previous discussions, 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 only have them go dim.
The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the person so to add a shape. Your camera is likely to make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to reveal detail should you meter from the individual.
In other words, 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.
The second concern we have in including a silhouette is in fact more challenging to get right.
Don't forget, you are 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 certanly manage to instantly tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of another item, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will combine together and distort the image.
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This thought is hard to put in words but simple to understand. I'm sure you have observed pictures where the shapes combined together and neither appears correct. Someone who has 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 comprises the ground... Frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the version is in shape but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You might 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 think about is the shape itself! Not only do you have to look out for your shape not reading correctly 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 essential to get an effective silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of this individual. The fact that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this case. In a shape, no one is 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 look weird in silhouette and other clothes could dramatically change the shape. In shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look like a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various find several you can use if you are creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your laptop so you'll always have them at hand when the specific situation appears.
Silhouettes are not only effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outdoor silhouetting them together with the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo tip on how to get better sunset photography by including shapes. There are numerous times when a shape is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the gang, its worth learning how to do them well. A