Photographic Techniques For Sundial West Virginia

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

Today's landscape photography photo tip will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.

Formerly, we found the pretty colours aren't enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Today let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.

In previous posts, we have mentioned the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The stunning colors 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 person! Folks like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.

In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in a man. In silhouette showing no element and generally revealing complete detail.

Today's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the very exquisite photos you may 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 person (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.

In sundown photography, getting the black contour that is pure free of detail is actually fairly simple. In our previous conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!

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

So to put in a shape, the initial step is to meter from the sky, not the individual. Your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal detail, in the event that you meter from the person.

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

Simple.

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

Don't forget, you're 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 certanly be able to immediately tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will blend together and distort the image.

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This notion is difficult to place in words but easy to understand. I am sure you've observed photos where the silhouettes neither looks right and combined together. A person using 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 intersecting with your silhouetted contour.

This comprises the ground... Often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may 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 shape 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 critical, to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. The very fact that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this event. In a shape, 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 pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?

The shape could dramatically change and look odd in silhouette. It may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.

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

Shapes are not just effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church together with the light from outdoor silhouetting them.

Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the group, its worth learning how to do them well. A