Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo suggestion of now will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sunset photo wants a star. Now let us add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape photos) the best star is an individual! Folks like looking at folks! You're going to get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to add a person. In shape showing no element and generally showing full detail.
Now's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted person. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the very exquisite photos you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key component to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a person (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 actually pretty simple. 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!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only have them go dim.
The first step is to meter from the sky, not the individual so to put in a silhouette. Should you meter from the person, your camera is likely to make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to show detail.
In other words, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct spot in the photo.
In adding a shape, the second concern we've got is really 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 has to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must certanly be able to immediately tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will blend together and distort the image.
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This notion is hard to put in words but easy to understand. I am sure you have seen photos where the shapes mixed together and neither appears right. An individual who has 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 is nothing intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This includes the ground... Often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is somewhat lower to avert this sort of blending.
The 3rd factor to think about is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your silhouette not reading right because it mixes with others, it can blend with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.
To get an effective silhouette, the pose is essential! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. The very fact that she is a girl that is pretty does not matter in this event. 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 model 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?
Other clothes and hats could drastically change the shape and appear strange in silhouette. It may look as a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you can use when you are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. When the specific situation arises, so you will always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not just effective in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them with all the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on how to get better sundown photography. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to distinguish you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A