Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!
Now's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we found the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that 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 regular non sunset landscape photos) the best star is a man! People like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a man. In shape showing no element and normally revealing full detail.
Now's sundown photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be one of the very exquisite photographs you could really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you are adding a shape, not a man (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 fairly 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!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we just have them go dark.
The initial step is to meter from the sky, not the person, so to put in a silhouette. In the event that you meter from the individual, your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show element.
To put it differently, you have 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 including a silhouette, the second concern we have is really 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's to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should manage to immediately tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of some other thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will blend together and distort the image.
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This notion is hard to place in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you've observed photos where the silhouettes mixed together and neither looks right. A person who has a palm tree growing out of their head, a palm tree with a seagull's wing sticking out of the trunk and so on...
Be sure that there's nothing intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This comprises the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in silhouette. You may have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to avoid this type of blending.
The third factor to consider is the contour itself! Not only do you need to look out for your shape 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.
The pose is critical, to get an effective silhouette! 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 case. In a shape, 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 pose 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the person?
The shape could drastically alter and look strange in silhouette. It might look as a tiara in the wedding photos, but in shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you can use when you are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. So that you may always have them at hand when the specific situation arises, add them to your laptop.
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 in the doorway of the church with all the light from outside silhouetting them.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the bunch, its worth learning the way to do them well. A