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

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

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

In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The gorgeous colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.

But (as in our regular non sundown landscape photos) the most effective star is a person! People 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's two methods to add a person. In silhouette showing no detail and normally revealing full detail.

Today's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be among the most exquisite photos you could create.

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When adding a silhouette, the key component to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will probably be pure black with no detail.

In sunset photography, getting the pure contour that is black free of detail is really quite 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!

Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we just let them go dim.

So to add a silhouette, the initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the individual. Your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show detail, in the event you meter from the individual.

In other words, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the correct place in the photo.

Easy.

In including a shape, the second concern we have is really more difficult 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 has to 'read' right.

By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must have the ability 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 thought is hard to put in words but easy to understand. I'm certain you have observed photos where the silhouettes blended together and neither appears correct. A person with 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 comprises the ground... Frequently I see shapes where the top half of the model 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 somewhat lower to avert this type of blending.

The 3rd factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your shape not reading accurately 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 an effective shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. The fact that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going to be able 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 person?

The form could drastically alter and look strange in silhouette. It might look like a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head.

Study various find several you can use if you are creating silhouettes and poses for their contours. Add them to your laptop so you'll always have them at hand when the situation arises.

Shapes are not just successful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.

Practice today's landscape photography photo tip by including silhouettes on what steps to take to to get better sunset photography. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to separate you from the gang, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A