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

The landscape photography photo hint of today 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 wants a star. Now let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.

In previous posts, we've mentioned that the star could be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.

But (as in our routine non sunset landscape photographs) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at people! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being revealed.

In a sunset photograph there is two methods to add a person. In shape showing no aspect and generally showing complete detail.

Now's sunset photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be among the most exquisite pictures you may ever create.

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When adding a silhouette, the crucial component to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.

In sunset photography, getting the shape that is black that is pure free of detail is really quite simple. 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 dark spaces - now we only let them go dark.

The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to add a silhouette. Should you meter from the person, your camera will make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to reveal detail.

In other words, it's necessary for you to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right spot in the photo.

Simple.

In adding a shape, the second concern we've got is actually more challenging to get right.

Remember, you're 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 be able to immediately tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of some other object, 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 difficult to put in words but easy to comprehend. I'm certain you've observed pictures where the silhouettes neither seems correct and combined together. Someone using a palm tree growing out of their head, a palm tree using a seagull's wing sticking out of the trunk and so on...

Be sure that there's nothing intersecting with your silhouetted shape.

This contains the ground... Often I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to avert this type of blending.

The 3rd factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your shape not reading correctly because it combines with others, it can combine with itself also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.

To get an effective shape, the pose is critical! Even more so than in a usual photo of the individual. The very fact that she is a pretty girl doesn't matter in this event. In a shape, no one is going to be able 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 successful if that was all you could see of the person?

Hats and look strange in silhouette and other clothing could drastically alter the shape. It may look as a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head.

Study various find several you can use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. When the specific situation arises, so that you will always have them at hand, add them to your notebook.

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

Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint on how best to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the bunch, its worth learning the way to do them nicely. A