Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Today let's add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned the star could 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 sunset landscape photos) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at folks! You're going to get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a person. In shape showing no aspect and normally revealing complete detail.
Now's sundown photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the very exquisite photos you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the shape that is black that is pure free of detail is really fairly 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!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we just have them go dim.
So to add a silhouette, the first step is to meter from the sky, not the individual. Your camera will make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to show detail, in case you meter from the individual.
In other words, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right place in the photo.
The second concern we've got in adding a shape is in fact more challenging to get right.
Remember, you're adding a shape and everything but the sky is black with no detail. Including the ground. When you add your shape, it has to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the capacity to immediately tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another item, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will combine together and distort the image.
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This thought is difficult to put in words but easy to understand. I am certain you've observed photos where the shapes mixed together and neither looks right. Someone 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 shape.
This comprises the ground... Often I see silhouettes 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 prevent this type of blending.
The third factor to consider is the contour itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your shape not reading correctly because it combines with others, it can combine 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 silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of the person. The very fact that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going in order to tell what she looks like.
Take photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and look odd in silhouette and other garments could dramatically alter the form. In shape, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head, although it may look as a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various poses for their contours and find several you can use when you are creating silhouettes. Add them to your notebook so you will always have them at hand when the specific situation arises.
Shapes are not only powerful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church with the light from outdoor silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo tip by including shapes on how best to get better sunset photography. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the crowd, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A