Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo trick of today will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered that the pretty colours are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sundown landscape photos) the best star is a person! Folks like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to put in a person. In silhouette showing no element and generally revealing complete detail.
Now's sundown photography photo hint will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the very exquisite photos you may 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 be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure black shape with no detail is actually quite easy. In our previous conversations, 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 areas that are dark - now we only have them go dim.
The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to add a silhouette. Your camera is likely to make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show detail in the event that you meter from the person.
To put it differently, it's necessary for you to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the right spot in the photo.
The 2nd concern we've got in including 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 has to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should manage to instantly tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is difficult to put in words but simple to understand. I'm sure you have observed photos where the silhouettes combined together and neither looks correct. 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 consists of the ground... Frequently 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 somewhat lower to avert this sort of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading accurately because it mixes with others, it can blend with itself too! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is crucial, to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of the individual. The reality that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this event. 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 effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
The shape could drastically alter and look bizarre in silhouette. In silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it might look as a tiara in the wedding photos.
Study various find several you may use when you're making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your laptop when the situation arises, so you'll always have them at hand.
Shapes are not only successful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church with all the light from outdoor silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint by including silhouettes on how to get better sunset photography. There are lots of times when a shape is just the thing you need to separate you from the bunch, its worth learning how to do them well. A