Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo trick of today will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colors aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Today let us add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The stunning colors 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 folks! You will receive the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to add an individual. In shape showing no aspect and normally revealing complete detail.
Now's sundown 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 outcome may be among the very exquisite photographs you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial component to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure with no detail is actually quite easy. In our previous discussions, we have 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 dark spaces - now we only let them go dark.
The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual so to put in a silhouette. Your camera will make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to reveal detail, in the event that you meter from the person.
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 spot in the photo.
The second concern we have in adding a shape is in fact harder to get right.
Remember, 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 certanly have the capacity to instantly tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other thing, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will blend together and distort the image.
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This thought is difficult to place in words but easy to comprehend. I am sure you've observed photos where the shapes neither appears right and mixed together. Someone 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's nothing intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This comprises the ground... Often I see silhouettes where the top half of the version 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 marginally lower to avoid this type of blending.
The 3rd factor to consider is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your silhouette 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 openings) along the sides, legs together and so on.
To get a productive shape, the pose is vital! Even more so than in a usual photo of the man. The reality that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this situation. In a silhouette, no one is going in order 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 effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other clothing could dramatically alter the form and look strange in silhouette. It might look like a tiara in the wedding photos, but in shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you may use if you are creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. When the specific situation appears, so you may always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not only effective in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the gang, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A