Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colours aren't enough. A winning sundown photo wants a star. Today let's add shapes 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 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 an individual! Folks like looking at people! You're going to get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to add an individual. In shape showing no aspect and generally revealing full detail.
Today's sunset photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the very exquisite photos you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential component to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure free of detail is actually fairly easy. In our previous discussions, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we just have them go dim.
The initial step is to meter from the sky, not the person so to put in a silhouette. In the event you meter from the individual, your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element.
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 spot in the photo.
In adding a shape, the 2nd concern we have is in fact more difficult 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 has to 'read' correctly.
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This thought is difficult to put in words but simple to comprehend. I am certain you have observed photos where the silhouettes neither seems appropriate and blended together. Someone 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's nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This contains 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 slightly lower vantage point to avoid this kind of blending.
The 3rd factor to think about is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be careful 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 openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is critical, to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of the person. The very fact that she is a girl that is pretty 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 using a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the individual?
Other garments and hats could radically alter the shape and look odd in silhouette. It might look as a tiara in the wedding photos, but in silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you may use when you're creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. So you may always have them at hand when the specific situation arises, add them to your notebook.
Silhouettes are not only powerful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church with all the light from outside silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint by including shapes on how to get better sundown photography. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the gang, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A