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

The landscape photography photo trick of now will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.

Formerly, we found the pretty colors aren't enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.

In previous posts, we've mentioned that the star might be an interesting 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 sundown landscape pictures) the best star is a man! People like looking at folks! You will get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.

In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add an individual. In silhouette showing no detail and generally showing complete detail.

Today's sunset photography photo trick will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result may be one of the most exquisite pictures you could really ever create.

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

In sundown photography, getting the pure black contour free of detail is actually fairly easy. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!

Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only let them go dark.

The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to put in a silhouette. Your camera is likely to make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show element, if 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 correct place in the photo.

Easy.

The 2nd concern we have in including a shape is actually more challenging 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' right.

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

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This notion is difficult to place in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you've observed photographs where the shapes blended together and neither seems right. A person using 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 intersecting with your silhouetted shape.

This includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is somewhat lower to prevent this sort of blending.

The 3rd factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your shape not reading right because it combines with others, it can blend 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 essential to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of the individual. The very fact that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this situation. 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 pose 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?

Hats and other clothes could dramatically change the form and appear weird in silhouette. It may look like a tiara in the wedding photos, but in silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head.

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

Silhouettes are not only powerful in sundown 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 outside silhouetting them with the light.

Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on how best to get better sundown photography. There are numerous times when a shape is just the thing you have to separate you from the bunch, its worth learning the way to do them nicely. A