Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered that the pretty colors aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Now let us add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star could be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The gorgeous colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape photos) the best star is a person! People like looking at people! You will get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to add a man. In silhouette showing no detail and normally showing complete detail.
Today's sunset photography photo tip will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be among the most exquisite photographs you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial component to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the pure shape that is black free of detail is actually quite easy. In our previous conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we just have them go dark.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the individual so to add a shape. Your camera will make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show element, should you meter from the person.
In other words, it's necessary for you 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.
The second concern we've got in adding a shape is really harder 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 has to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must manage to immediately tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other thing, 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 notion is hard to place in words but simple to comprehend. I am certain you have seen pictures where the silhouettes neither appears right and blended together. A person with 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This consists of the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see silhouettes where the top half of the version is in shape. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to prevent this sort of blending.
The third factor to think about is the contour itself! Not only do you have to watch out for your shape not reading correctly because it combines 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.
To get a productive silhouette, the pose is crucial! Even more so than in a usual photo of this person. The reality that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this situation. In a shape, 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 effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
The form could radically change and appear weird in silhouette. It may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you may use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. So you'll always have them at hand when the specific situation arises, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes 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 together with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on how to get better sunset photography. There are lots of times when a shape is just the thing you must distinguish you from the group, its worth learning how to do them well. A