Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo tip of today will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered that the pretty colours aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Today let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The stunning colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sundown landscape pictures) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to add a man. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally revealing complete detail.
Now's sunset photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be one of the most exquisite pictures you may ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key element to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black contour that is pure with no detail is actually fairly 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 dark spaces - now we only let them go dim.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to add a silhouette. Your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show detail if you meter from the individual.
To put it differently, you must 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 second concern we've got in including a silhouette 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 should be able to immediately tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other item, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is hard to put in words but simple to comprehend. I'm certain you've seen photos where the silhouettes neither appears correct and mixed together. An individual 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape. You might have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to avoid this sort of blending.
The third factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your shape not reading accurately because it mixes 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 essential to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of the person. The fact that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this case. In a silhouette, 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 model 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and look bizarre in silhouette and other clothing could dramatically alter the form. In silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various find several you can use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. When the specific situation arises, so you'll always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not just successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church with all the light from outside silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint by including silhouettes on what steps to take to to get better sunset photography. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the group, its worth learning how to do them well. A