Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo suggestion of now will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we found the pretty colors aren't enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned that the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape photographs) the most effective star is an individual! People like looking at people! 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 is two ways to put in an individual. In shape showing no element and normally showing complete detail.
Today's sunset photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be one of the very exquisite photographs you may really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential element to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure shape that is black with no detail is actually fairly easy. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we just let them go dim.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the man, so to put in a shape. In the event you meter from the individual, your camera will make a powerful effort 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 set your 'star' in the right spot in the photo.
The 2nd concern we've got in adding a shape is actually 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's to 'read' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must certanly be able to instantly tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other 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 notion is difficult to put in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you have seen photographs where the shapes neither appears appropriate and combined together. 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's nothing intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This contains the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape. You may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is somewhat lower to avoid this sort of blending.
The third factor to think about is the contour itself! Not only do you have to watch out for your silhouette not reading right because it combines with others, it can blend with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is vital, to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a usual photo of this person. The very fact that she's a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this situation. 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 using a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and other clothing could drastically change the form and appear bizarre in silhouette. In shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various find several you may use when you are making silhouettes and poses for their contours. When the specific situation appears, so that you'll always have them at hand, add them to your notebook.
Silhouettes are not only powerful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church with all the light from outdoor silhouetting them.
Training today's landscape photography photo hint by including shapes on how best to get better sundown photography. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the gang, its worth learning the way to do them well. A