Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we found the pretty colours are not enough. A winning sundown photo wants a star. Now let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned the star might be an interesting 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 photos) the most effective star is a man! Folks like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in an individual. In silhouette showing no element and generally revealing full detail.
Now's sundown photography photo suggestion 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 one of the most exquisite photos you may 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 person (or bird or tree). Your contour will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the black contour that is pure free of detail is actually pretty simple. In our previous conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we just have them go dim.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the man so to put in a shape. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show detail, in the event you meter from the person.
To put it differently, you need 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.
In adding a silhouette, the 2nd concern we have is actually harder 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 must have the capacity to immediately tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other object, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will combine together and distort the image.
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This notion is hard to put in words but easy to comprehend. I'm sure you've observed pictures where the silhouettes neither seems appropriate and combined together. A person 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 is nothing intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This comprises the ground... Frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in shape but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You might have to shoot up at your star from a somewhat lower vantage point to avert this kind of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your shape not reading accurately because it blends 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 an effective shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of this person. The reality that she is a girl that is pretty does not matter in this situation. 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 with a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?
Other clothing and hats could drastically change the form and look odd in silhouette. In silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various find several you may use if you are creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your laptop when the situation appears, so you'll always have them at hand.
Silhouettes are not only powerful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with the light.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are many times when a shape is just the thing you have to separate you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A