Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo tip of now will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we found the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Today let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent colors 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 person! People like looking at folks! You're going to get the viewer more readily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to add a man. In silhouette showing no detail and normally showing full detail.
Today's sunset photography photo trick will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be one of the very exquisite photos you may 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 shape will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure black contour free of detail is actually pretty easy. In our previous conversations, 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 have them go dim.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the person so to put in a silhouette. Should you meter from the person, your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to reveal element.
In other words, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right position in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in adding a silhouette is in fact more challenging to get right.
Remember, you're adding a shape 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 be able to instantly tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other item, 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 place in words but easy to comprehend. I'm certain you've observed photographs where the silhouettes neither looks correct and blended together. Someone 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in silhouette. You might have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avoid this type of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you have to watch out for your shape not reading accurately because it mixes with others, it can blend with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) 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 reality that she is a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this case. In a silhouette, no one is going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and appear weird in silhouette and other clothing could drastically change the form. In silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head, although it might look like a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various find several you can use if you are creating silhouettes and poses for their contours. Add them to your notebook so you will always have them at hand when the specific situation arises.
Shapes are not only successful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with the light.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how best to get better sundown photography by including shapes. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the group, its worth learning the way to do them well. A