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

Now's landscape photography photo hint will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.

Formerly, we discovered the pretty colors aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.

In previous posts, we've mentioned that the star could be an intriguing 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 photos) the most effective star is a man! Folks like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being revealed.

In a sunset photograph there's two methods to add a man. In silhouette showing no aspect and normally showing complete detail.

Today's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the very exquisite photographs you could really ever 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 man (or bird or tree). Your contour will be pure black with no detail.

In sundown photography, getting the pure black contour with no detail is actually quite simple. In our previous conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will go black. Ta-daaa!

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

The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the person so to add a silhouette. Your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show detail, in the event you meter from the person.

In other words, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the right place in the photo.

Simple.

The 2nd concern we have in including a silhouette is in fact more difficult to get right.

Remember, you are adding a shape and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it has to 'read' correctly.

By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must manage to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of some other item, 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 place in words but easy to understand. I'm sure you have observed photos where the shapes neither looks appropriate and combined together. An individual 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 is nothing intersecting with your silhouetted shape.

This consists of the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape. You might have to shoot up at your star from a somewhat lower vantage point to avoid this type of blending.

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

To get a productive silhouette, the pose is essential! Even more so than in a normal photo of this individual. The fact that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this situation. In a silhouette, no one is 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 model 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?

Hats and look odd in silhouette and other garments could dramatically alter the form. It may look like a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking out of her head.

Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use when you're making silhouettes. Add them to your laptop when the specific situation appears, so that you'll always have them at hand.

Shapes are not only effective 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.

Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including shapes on how to get better sunset photography. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to distinguish you from the crowd, its worth learning how to do them well. A