Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
Today's landscape photography photo hint will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sundown photo. Today let's add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star might be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The magnificent colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sundown landscape photos) the most effective star is a man! Folks like looking at people! You will get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to add a man. In silhouette showing no aspect and normally revealing full detail.
Today's sunset photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be one of the most exquisite photos you may really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key component to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure black contour free of detail is really pretty easy. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we only let them go dim.
The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual so to put in a silhouette. Should you meter from the individual, your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element.
To put it differently, you need 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.
In including a shape, the 2nd concern we've got is really more difficult to get right.
Remember, you're 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 manage 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) contours will mix together and distort the image.
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This notion is difficult to put in words but simple to understand. I'm sure you've observed photos where the silhouettes neither looks right and blended together. 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 intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This contains the ground... Frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You might have to shoot up at your star from a somewhat lower vantage point to prevent this kind of blending.
The third factor to consider is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your shape not reading correctly because it blends with others, it can combine with itself also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is critical, to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of this man. The reality that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this case. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going to be able 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 powerful if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and other clothing could radically change the shape and look odd in silhouette. In shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various find several you may use when you are making silhouettes and poses for their contours. Add them to your laptop when the specific situation appears, so you'll always have them at hand.
Shapes are not only powerful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church with the light from outdoor silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint by including silhouettes on how best to get better sunset photography. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to separate you from the group, its worth learning the way to do them well. A