Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Today's landscape photography photo hint will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colours are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The stunning colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sundown landscape photographs) the best star is a person! Folks like looking at folks! You're going to get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to add an individual. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally showing full detail.
Now's sundown photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the very exquisite photographs you could ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure free of detail is really quite 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!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we just let them go dim.
The initial step is to meter from the sky, not the man, so to put in a silhouette. In case you meter from the individual, your camera will make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show element.
In other words, you have 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.
The 2nd concern we've got in including a silhouette is in fact harder to get right.
Don't forget, you are 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' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should manage to immediately tell what it 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 combine together and distort the image.
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This idea is difficult to place in words but easy to understand. I'm sure you have observed photographs where the shapes neither seems appropriate and combined together. An individual 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's nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This includes the ground... Often I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in shape but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to prevent this kind of blending.
The 3rd factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you need to look out for your silhouette not reading correctly because it combines with others, it can blend 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 essential to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a usual photo of this individual. The reality that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this case. 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 successful if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and other clothing could radically alter the form and appear strange in silhouette. It may look like a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various find several you may use when you are creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your laptop so you will always have them at hand when the situation appears.
Shapes are not just successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo tip on how best to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to distinguish you from the gang, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A