Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colors aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Today let us add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned the star could be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The stunning colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape photos) the best star is an individual! People like looking at people! You will get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in an individual. In silhouette showing no element and normally revealing complete detail.
Now's sundown photography photo trick will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be among the very exquisite photos you could really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key element to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure with no detail is actually pretty simple. In our previous discussions, 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.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the individual, so to add a shape. Your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show detail, in the event 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 right spot in the photo.
In adding a silhouette, the 2nd concern we've got is in fact more difficult 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' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the ability to instantly tell what it really is. In case 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 idea is difficult to place in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you've seen pictures where the shapes neither appears correct and blended together. An individual 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 contour.
This consists of the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in silhouette. You might have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avert this form of blending.
The 3rd factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you need to watch out 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 gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is vital, to get an effective silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of this person. The very fact that she is a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, no one is going in order 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?
Hats and appear weird in silhouette and other garments could drastically alter the shape. It may look as a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in shape, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various find several you can use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their contours. Add them to your laptop when the situation arises, so you will always have them at hand.
Silhouettes are not only effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church with all the light from outdoor silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo tip on how best to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the group, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A