Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo hint of now will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colors aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. 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 magnificent colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape photos) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more readily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add a person. In silhouette showing no detail and generally showing full detail.
Now's sundown photography photo tip will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be one of the very exquisite photos you may really ever 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 man (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure with no detail is really fairly easy. In our previous discussions, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we just have them go dim.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the individual so to add a silhouette. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show detail, in case you meter from the individual.
In other words, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct spot in the photo.
In including a shape, the second concern we've got is actually 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 should be able to instantly tell what it really is. If 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 idea is hard to place in words but easy to comprehend. I am certain you've seen photographs where the silhouettes combined together and neither looks correct. Someone using 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This contains the ground... Often I see silhouettes where the top half of the version is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You might have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to prevent this sort of blending.
The 3rd factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be careful for your silhouette not reading correctly because it mixes with others, it can blend 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 essential to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of this individual. The very fact that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this situation. In a shape, no one is definitely going in order to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
The form could dramatically change and look weird in silhouette. It may look like 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 are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. When the situation arises, so you will always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not just successful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how to get better sundown photography by including shapes. There are numerous times when a shape is just the thing you must distinguish you from the crowd, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A