Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo trick of today will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colours aren't enough. A winning sunset photo wants a star. Today let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star might be an interesting 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 routine non sunset landscape photos) the most effective star is a person! People 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 is two ways to add an individual. In shape showing no element and normally revealing complete detail.
Now's sunset photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be among the very exquisite pictures you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure black contour with no detail is actually fairly simple. In our previous discussions, we have 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 areas that are dark - now we only have them go dark.
The initial step is to meter from the sky, not the man so to add a shape. In the event that you meter from the individual, your camera will make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to show detail.
To put it differently, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right place in the photo.
In adding a silhouette, the second concern we've got is really more difficult to get right.
Remember, you are adding a shape and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it has to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the capacity to instantly tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other item, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is hard to put in words but easy to understand. I'm sure you have observed photographs where the shapes neither looks right and combined together. Someone who has 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 shape.
This contains the ground... Often I see shapes 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 avert this type of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate 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 also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.
To get a productive shape, the pose is vital! Even more so than in a normal photo of this individual. The very fact that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this scenario. 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 pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and other garments could drastically alter the shape and look strange in silhouette. In silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various poses for their contours and find several you may use when you are creating silhouettes. Add them to your laptop so that you may always have them at hand when the situation arises.
Silhouettes are not only successful in sunset 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 from outdoor silhouetting them together with the light.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including shapes on how to get better sunset photography. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the crowd, its worth learning the way to do them well. A