Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Now's landscape photography photo tip will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The magnificent colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape pictures) the most effective star is a person! People like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add an individual. In silhouette showing no detail and normally revealing full detail.
Today's sunset photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be one of the very exquisite photographs you could ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key component to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure contour that is black free of 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!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we just let them go dark.
So to put in a shape, the first step will be to meter from the sky, not the man. Your camera is likely to make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to show detail in case you meter from the individual.
To put it differently, 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 adding a silhouette 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's to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the ability to immediately tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is difficult to place in words but easy to comprehend. I am certain you have seen pictures where the silhouettes neither appears appropriate and combined together. Someone with a palm tree growing out of their head, a palm tree with 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 includes the ground... Frequently I see shapes where the top half of the model is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to prevent this form of blending.
The third 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 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 crucial, to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of the person. The fact that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this situation. 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 using a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other clothes could drastically alter the form and look odd in silhouette. In shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various find several you can use when you are creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. So that you may always have them at hand when the situation appears, add them to your notebook.
Shapes are not just effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with all the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo tip by including silhouettes on how best to get better sunset photography. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the group, its worth learning how to do them well. A