Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Now let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star could be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent 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 folks! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in an individual. In shape showing no element and normally showing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may 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 man (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure with no detail is really fairly 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 spaces that are dark - now we just let them go dark.
So to put in a silhouette, the initial step is to meter from the sky, not the man. Your camera will make a powerful attempt 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 right place in the photo.
The second concern we have in adding a silhouette is really more difficult to get right.
Don't forget, you're adding a shape and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it's to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must certanly manage to immediately tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will blend together and distort the image.
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This idea is difficult to put in words but easy to comprehend. I'm certain you have seen photos where the silhouettes mixed together and neither looks appropriate. Someone 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 intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This consists of the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see shapes where the top half of the version is in shape. You may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is somewhat lower to prevent this type of blending.
The third factor to consider is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your shape not reading right because it combines with others, it can combine with itself also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is essential to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of this man. The reality that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this event. In a shape, no one is definitely going in order 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 powerful if that was all you could see of the person?
The shape could drastically alter and look bizarre in silhouette. In shape, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various find several you can use if you are creating silhouettes and poses for their contours. Add them to your laptop so that you'll always have them at hand when the specific situation appears.
Silhouettes are not just powerful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church with all the light from outside silhouetting them.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion on what steps to take to to get better sunset photography by including shapes. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to separate you from the bunch, its worth learning how to do them well. A