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Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!

The landscape photography photo suggestion of today will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.

Formerly, we found the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Now let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.

In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.

But (as in our routine non sundown landscape photographs) the most effective star is a man! Folks like looking at folks! You will get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.

In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add a man. In silhouette showing no element and generally showing full detail.

Today's sundown photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be among the most exquisite photographs you may really ever create.

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When adding a silhouette, the essential element to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will soon be pure black with no detail.

In sunset photography, getting the black contour that is pure with no detail is really quite 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!

Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we just have them go dark.

So to add a silhouette, the first step will be to meter from the sky, not the person. Your camera will make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show detail in case you meter from the person.

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 right place in the photo.

Easy.

In adding a silhouette, the 2nd concern we've got is really more challenging to get right.

Remember, you're 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 must manage to instantly tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will combine together and distort the image.

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This idea is difficult to put in words but easy to comprehend. I'm sure you've seen photos where the silhouettes combined together and neither looks appropriate. An individual 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 consists of 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 avert this form of blending.

The third factor to consider is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your shape not reading accurately because it combines with others, it can combine with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.

The pose is essential to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. The fact that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this event. In a shape, no one is going to be able to tell what she looks like.

Take photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the person?

Hats and appear bizarre in silhouette and other garments could radically alter the shape. It may look as a tiara in the wedding photos, but in shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.

Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use when you are creating silhouettes. When the situation arises, so that you will always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.

Silhouettes are not just successful in sundown 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 from outside silhouetting them with the light.

Practice today's landscape photography photo tip by including shapes on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A