Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo hint of today will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colours aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Today let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star could be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape pictures) the best star is a man! People like looking at people! You will get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add a man. In shape showing no detail and generally revealing full detail.
Now's sunset photography photo tip will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be among the very exquisite photographs 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 person (or bird or tree). Your shape will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure black shape with no detail is really pretty easy. In our previous conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we just let them go dim.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the man, so to put in a shape. Your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show detail should you meter from the person.
To put it differently, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct place in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in adding a silhouette is actually 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 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) shapes will blend together and distort the image.
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This thought is hard to put in words but simple to understand. I'm certain you've seen photographs where the shapes mixed together and neither seems right. A person with 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 consists of the ground... Often I see shapes 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 marginally lower vantage point to prevent this kind of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you have to watch out for your silhouette not reading accurately 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 an effective silhouette, the pose is vital! Even more so than in a normal photo of the man. The very fact that she is a pretty girl doesn't matter in this case. In a shape, no one is definitely going in order to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the individual?
Other clothing and hats could drastically change the shape and look bizarre in silhouette. In silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use when you are making silhouettes. Add them to your notebook so that you'll always have them at hand when the situation arises.
Silhouettes are not only effective 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 together with the light from outside silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo tip by including shapes on how best to get better sunset photography. There are various times when a shape is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the crowd, its worth learning the way to do them well. A