Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo hint will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colours are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The gorgeous 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 man! Folks like looking at folks! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in an individual. In silhouette showing no aspect and normally showing full detail.
Now's sunset photography photo tip will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result may be among the most exquisite photos you may create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your contour will be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black contour that is pure 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!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we just have them go dim.
The initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to put in a shape. In the event that you meter from the person, your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show element.
To put it differently, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct place in the photo.
In adding a shape, the second concern we have is in fact more difficult to get right.
Don't forget, you are adding a contour and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it has to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the capacity to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of some other thing, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is hard to place in words but easy to understand. I'm sure you have seen photos where the shapes combined together and neither looks right. An individual with 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 contour.
This includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette. You might have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avert this form of blending.
The 3rd factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you need to look out for your silhouette not reading correctly because it blends 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 a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a usual photo of the person. The fact that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this scenario. In a shape, no one is definitely going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and look strange in silhouette and other clothes could dramatically change the form. It might look as a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you may use if you are creating silhouettes. Add them to your notebook so that you'll always have them at hand when the situation arises.
Silhouettes are not only 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 with the light from outside silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint by including shapes on how best to get better sunset photography. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to separate you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A