Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we found the pretty colours aren't enough. A winning sunset photo wants a star. Now let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star might be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous 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 an individual! People like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a man. In shape showing no aspect and normally revealing full detail.
Now's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be among the most exquisite photographs you may really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key component to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the pure black contour with no detail is actually fairly 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!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only let them go dim.
The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the person so to add a silhouette. Your camera is likely to make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element in the event you meter from the individual.
To put it differently, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct position in the photo.
In including a shape, the 2nd concern we've got is really more challenging 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' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must have the capacity to instantly tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is difficult to put in words but easy to understand. I am certain you've seen photographs where the silhouettes blended together and neither appears appropriate. Someone who has 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 is nothing 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 marginally lower vantage point to avoid this type of blending.
The third factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your shape not reading right because it mixes with others, it can blend with itself also! 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 an effective silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of this man. The reality that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this situation. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going in order to tell what she looks like.
Take photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Other garments and hats could dramatically change the shape and appear bizarre in silhouette. In silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking from her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various find several you may use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your notebook so that you may always have them at hand when the specific situation arises.
Shapes 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 at the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography by including shapes. There are numerous times when a shape is just the thing you have to separate you from the bunch, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A