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Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!

Today's landscape photography photo hint will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.

Formerly, we discovered the pretty colors aren't enough. A winning sunset photo wants a star. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.

In previous posts, we have mentioned the star may be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially 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 man! People like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more readily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are people being revealed.

In a sunset photograph there is two methods to put in an individual. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally revealing full detail.

Now's sunset photography photo tip will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the result may be one of the most exquisite photographs you may 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 shape will likely be pure black with no detail.

In sundown photography, getting the pure black shape free of detail is really fairly simple. In our previous discussions, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will go black. Ta-daaa!

Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only let them go dark.

The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the man, so to add a shape. Your camera is likely to make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element in case you meter from the individual.

In other words, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the correct place in the photo.

Simple.

In adding a silhouette, the second concern we have is in fact more difficult to get right.

Remember, you are adding a contour 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 be able to immediately tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other object, 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 am certain you've observed pictures where the shapes neither appears right and combined together. An individual with 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 includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in silhouette. You might have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to avert this type of blending.

The 3rd factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading right because it blends with others, it can combine with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.

The pose is crucial to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of the person. The very fact that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this situation. In a silhouette, no one is going to be able to tell what she looks like.

Consider 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?

Hats and other clothes could radically alter the shape and appear odd in silhouette. It might look as a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head.

Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use when you're making silhouettes. When the specific situation appears, so that you may always have them at hand, add them to your notebook.

Silhouettes are not just successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them together with the light.

Practice today's landscape photography photo hint on how to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are various times when a shape is just the thing you need to distinguish you from the group, its worth learning how to do them well. A