Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Now's landscape photography photo tip will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered that the pretty colors aren't enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Today let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned the star might be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape pictures) the best star is a person! People like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add a person. In shape showing no detail and normally showing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo trick will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be one of the very exquisite photos you could really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial 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 pure black contour free of 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 will go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we just have them go dark.
The initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual, so to add a shape. If you meter from the person, your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element.
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 position in the photo.
In including a shape, the second concern we have is actually more difficult 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' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must have the ability to immediately tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will combine together and distort the image.
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This notion is hard to place in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you've seen photos where the shapes combined together and neither seems correct. 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 shape.
This includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in shape. You may have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avoid this form of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be careful for your shape not reading accurately because it mixes with others, it can combine with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.
To get a productive silhouette, the pose is crucial! Even more so than in a usual photo of the individual. The very fact that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this event. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going in order to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other garments could radically change the shape and look odd in silhouette. It might look as a tiara in the wedding photos, but in silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use when you are creating silhouettes. Add them to your laptop when the situation appears, so that you'll always have them at hand.
Silhouettes are not just successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church with the light from outside silhouetting them.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo tip on how best to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are various times when a shape is just the thing you must separate you from the gang, its worth learning the way to do them nicely. A