Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colours are not enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned that the star could be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous 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 an individual! Folks like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to put in a man. In silhouette showing no detail and generally revealing complete detail.
Today's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be among the very exquisite photographs you could 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 contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the pure black contour with no detail is really pretty simple. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we just let them go dim.
The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to put in a silhouette. Should you meter from the individual, your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to reveal element.
In other words, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct spot in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in adding a silhouette is in fact 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 has to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must have the capacity to instantly tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.
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This notion is difficult to put in words but easy to understand. I am certain you have seen photographs where the silhouettes neither appears appropriate and blended together. Someone who has 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 includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the version is in silhouette. You may have to shoot up at your star from a somewhat lower vantage point to avoid this kind of blending.
The third factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout 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 vital, to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a usual photo of the individual. The reality that she is a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this case. 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 model 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other clothing could drastically alter the form and appear weird in silhouette. It might look like a tiara in the wedding photos, but in silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you may use if you are creating silhouettes and poses for their contours. Add them to your notebook so you may always have them at hand when the specific situation appears.
Shapes are not only successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography. There are lots of times when a shape is just the thing you must separate you from the crowd, its worth learning how to do them well. A