Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo tip of today will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we found the pretty colours are not enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned that the star might be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The stunning colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape photos) the best star is an individual! People like looking at folks! You will get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to add an individual. In silhouette showing no detail and normally showing complete detail.
Today's sunset photography photo trick will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be one of the most exquisite photos you could really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure shape that is black with no detail is actually pretty 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 dark areas - now we just let them go dark.
So to add a shape, the initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the person. In case you meter from the individual, your camera will make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element.
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.
In adding a shape, the second concern we've got is actually more challenging to get right.
Remember, 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' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must be able to immediately tell what it really 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 combine together and distort the image.
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This thought is hard to place in words but simple to understand. I'm sure you have seen photos where the shapes neither looks appropriate and combined together. 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's nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This consists of the ground... Frequently I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is somewhat lower to avert this type of blending.
The 3rd factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you have 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 gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is vital to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of the man. The very fact that she is a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this scenario. In a shape, no one is going in order 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 individual?
Hats and appear weird in silhouette and other clothing could drastically alter the shape. In silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking from 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 when you're creating silhouettes. So you'll always have them at hand when the situation arises, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not just powerful 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 outdoor silhouetting them with all the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how to get better sundown photography by including shapes. There are many times when a shape is just the thing you need to separate you from the gang, its worth learning the way to do them well. A