Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Now's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Today let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned 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 routine non sundown landscape photographs) the most effective star is an individual! People like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are people being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in an individual. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally revealing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be among the most exquisite photos 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 contour will be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the pure shape that is black 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 spaces that are dark - now we only let them go dark.
So to put in a silhouette, the initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the man. Should you meter from the person, your camera is likely to make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to reveal 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 position in the photo.
In adding a shape, the second concern we've got is really 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's to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should manage to instantly tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other item, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes 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 have observed pictures where the shapes blended together and neither appears correct. A person 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This includes the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the version is in silhouette. You might have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to avoid this sort of blending.
The 3rd factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your silhouette not reading right because it blends with others, it can combine with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is critical, to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of the person. The fact that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this case. In a silhouette, 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 pose 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
Other clothes and hats could dramatically change the form and look strange in silhouette. In shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various find several you may use when you're creating silhouettes and poses for their contours. Add them to your laptop so that you may always have them at hand when the specific situation arises.
Silhouettes are not only effective in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint on what steps to take to to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the gang, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A