Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Now's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned the star could 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 regular non sundown landscape pictures) the best star is a person! Folks like looking at people! You're going to get the viewer more readily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to put in a person. In silhouette showing no element and normally showing complete detail.
Now's sunset photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result may be among the most exquisite photographs you could ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key element to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black shape that is pure free of detail is actually quite easy. In our previous discussions, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we only let them go dark.
The initial step is to meter from the sky, not the man, so to put in a silhouette. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to reveal detail in case you meter from the person.
In other words, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the correct spot in the photo.
The second concern we have in including a shape is really harder 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's to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must manage to immediately tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other object, 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've seen photographs where the shapes neither looks correct and combined together. A person 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 is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This includes 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 may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is slightly lower to avert this sort of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you have to watch out for your shape 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 usual photo of the person. The fact that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this case. In a shape, no one is 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 appear weird in silhouette. In silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various find several you may use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their contours. When the situation appears, so that you'll always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Shapes are not only successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo tip by including shapes on how to get better sundown photography. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to separate you from the crowd, its worth learning how to do them well. A