Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo suggestion of today will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered that the pretty colours aren't enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Today let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sundown landscape photos) the most effective star is a man! Folks like looking at people! You're going to get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to add a person. In silhouette showing no aspect and normally revealing complete detail.
Now's sundown photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be one of the very exquisite pictures you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential 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 sundown photography, getting the pure contour that is black free of detail is actually fairly easy. 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 dim.
So to put in a silhouette, the first step would be to meter from the sky, not the person. In the event that you meter from the individual, your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show detail.
To put it differently, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the right position in the photo.
In adding a silhouette, the 2nd concern we've got is in fact 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 has to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must have the capacity to instantly tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other object, 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 thought is hard to put in words but simple to understand. I am sure you've seen photos where the shapes blended together and neither seems right. A person 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 is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This includes the ground... Often I see silhouettes where the top half of the version 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 third factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you need to look out for your silhouette not reading right because it blends 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.
To get a productive silhouette, the pose is vital! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. The reality that she's a girl that is pretty does not matter in this event. In a shape, 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 effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and appear bizarre in silhouette and other garments could radically change the shape. In shape, it resembles demon's horns sticking out of her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you may use if you are creating silhouettes. Add them to your notebook so you will always have them at hand when the specific situation appears.
Shapes are not only powerful 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 with the light from outside silhouetting them.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are lots of times when a shape is just the thing you must separate you from the gang, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A