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Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!

The landscape photography photo trick of today will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.

Previously, we discovered the pretty colours are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.

In previous posts, we have mentioned 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 regular non sundown landscape photos) the best star is a person! Folks like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are people being revealed.

In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in an individual. In silhouette showing no element and normally showing complete detail.

Today's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be one of the very exquisite pictures you may really ever create.

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When adding a silhouette, the crucial component to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will likely be pure black with no detail.

In sundown photography, getting the pure shape that is black free of detail is actually quite simple. In our previous discussions, 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 have them go dark.

So to add a shape, the initial step is to meter from the sky, not the individual. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show detail, should you meter from the person.

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 right place in the photo.

Simple.

The second concern we've got in adding a shape is really more difficult 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's to 'read' correctly.

By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must have the ability to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will combine together and distort the image.

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This thought is difficult to put in words but simple to understand. I'm certain you've seen photographs where the shapes mixed together and neither looks right. A person 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's nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.

This includes the ground... Frequently I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape 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 avert this form of blending.

The 3rd factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading right because it combines 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 crucial, to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a usual photo of the individual. The fact that she's a girl that is pretty does not matter in this event. In a shape, no one is definitely 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 powerful if that was all you could see of the person?

Hats and other garments could radically alter the form and appear odd in silhouette. It might look as a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in shape, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head.

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

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

Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the gang, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A