Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Now's landscape photography photo hint will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colours aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The magnificent colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sundown landscape photos) the most effective star is a person! Folks like looking at people! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to add an individual. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally revealing complete detail.
Today's sunset photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be one of the most exquisite photos you may 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 contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure black shape with no detail is actually pretty simple. In our previous conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we only let them go dark.
The initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the person so to put in a silhouette. Your camera is likely to make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to show element in the event that you meter from the individual.
To put it differently, it's necessary for you to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct place in the photo.
In including a shape, the 2nd concern we have is really harder to get right.
Remember, you're 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' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should be able to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will combine together and distort the image.
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This notion is difficult to put in words but easy to comprehend. I'm certain you've seen photos where the silhouettes mixed together and neither seems appropriate. A person 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 is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This comprises the ground... Frequently I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is slightly lower to prevent this sort of blending.
The 3rd factor to take into account is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be careful for your shape not reading right because it mixes with others, it can blend with itself also! 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 silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of this man. The very fact that she is a pretty girl doesn't 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 using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
The shape could dramatically alter and look weird in silhouette. In shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking out of her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use if you are creating silhouettes. When the specific situation arises, so that you'll always have them at hand, add them to your notebook.
Shapes are not only powerful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint on how to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A