Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo hint of now will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colours are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Now let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned that the star may be an intriguing 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 routine non sundown landscape photographs) the most effective star is a person! Folks like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to add a man. In silhouette showing no detail and normally revealing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the very exquisite photographs you may create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential element to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure shape that is black free of detail is actually pretty easy. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we just let them go dark.
The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the man so to add a shape. Your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show detail, in the event you meter from the individual.
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 correct spot in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in adding a silhouette is actually harder to get right.
Don't forget, you are adding a shape 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 should manage to instantly tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is difficult to place in words but easy to comprehend. I am certain you've seen photographs where the silhouettes combined together and neither looks right. An individual 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 contour.
This comprises the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in shape. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to avoid this sort of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading accurately 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 essential, to get an effective silhouette! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. The very fact that she's a pretty girl 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 garments could radically change the shape and appear strange in silhouette. In silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you may use when you are making silhouettes. Add them to your notebook so you'll always have them at hand when the situation arises.
Shapes are not just powerful in sunset 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 how best to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the bunch, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A