Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo suggestion of today will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Now let us add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have 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 routine non sundown landscape pictures) the best star is an individual! Folks like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to add a man. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally showing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be among the most exquisite photographs you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential component to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure with no detail is actually pretty easy. In our previous conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will 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 first step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show element, in the event that you meter from the person.
In other words, it's necessary for you to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right spot in the photo.
The 2nd concern we've got in including a shape is really 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's to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must certanly be able to instantly tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other object, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will blend together and distort the image.
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This idea is hard to place in words but simple to comprehend. I'm sure you've seen pictures where the shapes blended together and neither seems 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 is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This consists of the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape. You might have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avoid this form of blending.
The third factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your silhouette not reading correctly because it combines with others, it can combine with itself also! 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 normal photo of this person. The very fact that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this event. In a silhouette, no one is going in order 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 effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and appear weird in silhouette and other garments could drastically change the form. It may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use when you are making silhouettes. So that you'll always have them at hand when the specific situation arises, add them to your laptop.
Shapes are not just effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church with all the light from outside silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint by including silhouettes on how best to get better sundown photography. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the bunch, its worth learning how to do them well. A