Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo tip of now will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered the pretty colours are not enough. A winning sunset photo wants a star. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star could be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape photos) the most effective star is a man! Folks like looking at people! You will receive the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a person. In shape showing no detail and normally showing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo tip will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the very exquisite photos you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential component to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black contour that is pure free of detail is actually quite simple. In our previous conversations, we have 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 spaces that are dark - now we only let them go dark.
So to put in a silhouette, the initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual. Your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element, in the event that you meter from the person.
To put it differently, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct position in the photo.
The second concern we have in including a silhouette is really 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' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should be able to immediately tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of another thing, 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 notion is difficult to put in words but easy to understand. I'm certain you have seen photos where the shapes mixed together and neither looks correct. A person using a palm tree growing out of their head, a palm tree with a seagull's wing sticking out of the trunk and so on...
Be sure that there's nothing intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This contains the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see silhouettes 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 prevent this sort of blending.
The 3rd factor to take into account is the shape itself! Not only do you need to look out for your shape not reading correctly because it blends 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.
To get an effective shape, the pose is vital! Even more so than in a normal photo of the man. The reality that she's a pretty girl doesn't 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 pose 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other clothing could dramatically alter the form and look weird in silhouette. It may look like a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you can use when you are creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your laptop when the specific situation appears, so you'll always have them at hand.
Shapes are not only effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church together with the light from outdoor silhouetting them.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how to get better sundown photography by including shapes. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the gang, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A