Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sundown photo wants a star. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned the star could be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The gorgeous 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 an individual! People like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a man. In shape showing no element and normally showing full detail.
Today's sundown photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be among the very exquisite photos you may create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key element to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the pure black shape with no detail is really pretty easy. In our previous discussions, 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!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we only have them go dim.
The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual, so to put in a silhouette. In case you meter from the person, your camera will make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to reveal detail.
In other words, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right position in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in including a shape is actually more difficult to get right.
Don't forget, you're 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 certanly have the capacity to immediately tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will mix together and distort the image.
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This notion is hard to place in words but easy to comprehend. I am certain you have observed pictures where the shapes blended together and neither looks right. An individual 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 consists of 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 vantage point that is somewhat lower to avert this sort of blending.
The 3rd factor to take into account is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading accurately because it blends with others, it can combine with itself also! 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 a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of the individual. The fact that she is a pretty girl doesn't 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 with a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other garments could radically alter the form and look strange in silhouette. In shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various find several you may use when you're making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. When the situation arises, so you may always have them at hand, add them to your notebook.
Shapes are not just powerful in sundown 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.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint by including silhouettes on how to get better sunset photography. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the gang, its worth learning how to do them well. A