Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo hint of today will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colours aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sundown landscape photographs) the best star is a person! People like looking at people! You will receive the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to put in a man. In silhouette showing no detail and normally revealing complete detail.
Today's sunset photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the result may be one of the most exquisite photos you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential element to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your contour will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure black contour with no detail is actually fairly easy. In our previous discussions, 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!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we just let them go dim.
The first step is to meter from the sky, not the person so to put in a shape. In the event that you meter from the individual, your camera is likely to make a powerful 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 set your 'star' in the right position in the photo.
In including a silhouette, the 2nd concern we have is actually harder 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' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must certanly be able to immediately tell what it is. In case 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 idea is hard to put in words but simple to understand. I am sure you have observed photographs where the silhouettes neither appears correct and mixed together. A person who has 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 intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This contains the ground... Frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the version is in shape 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 avert this sort of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading right because it blends 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 shape, the pose is crucial! Even more so than in a usual photo of the person. The very fact 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 using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?
The shape could dramatically change and appear odd in silhouette. It may look as a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.
Study various poses for their contours and find several you can use when you're making silhouettes. Add them to your laptop so that you'll always have them at hand when the situation appears.
Shapes are not just successful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them together with the light.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including shapes on how to get better sundown photography. There are various times when a shape is just the thing you must distinguish you from the group, its worth learning the way to do them nicely. A