Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Now's landscape photography photo tip will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered that the pretty colours are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned that the star may be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape photographs) the best star is a man! Folks like looking at people! You will receive 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 put in an individual. In silhouette showing no element and generally showing complete detail.
Now's sundown photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the result may be among the most exquisite photos you may ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential component to keep in mind is that you are 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 quite simple. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we just have them go dark.
So to add a silhouette, the first step is to meter from the sky, not the person. In the event you meter from the individual, your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element.
In other words, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the correct position in the photo.
In adding a silhouette, the second concern we have is actually 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 has to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must be able 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 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 seen photos where the shapes blended together and neither appears appropriate. 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 is nothing intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This contains the ground... Frequently 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 slightly lower to avert this type of blending.
The 3rd factor to take into account is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading right because it mixes 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 crucial, to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of the individual. The reality that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this case. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Take 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?
The shape could drastically alter and appear strange in silhouette. In shape, it resembles devil's horns sticking from her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various find several you may use when you're making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. When the specific situation appears, so that you may always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
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 all the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how best to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are many times when a shape is just the thing you must separate you from the group, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A