Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Now's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we found the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Now let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned that the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The gorgeous colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sundown landscape pictures) the best star is a person! People like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in an individual. In shape showing no element and generally showing full detail.
Now's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the very exquisite photographs you could ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial component to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the shape that is black that is pure 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 have them go dark.
The first step would be to meter from the sky, not the person so to put in a shape. In the event that you meter from the person, your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to reveal detail.
In other words, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the right place in the photo.
The second concern we've got in including a shape is in fact more challenging to get right.
Don't forget, you're 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 be able to instantly tell what it is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will blend together and distort the image.
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This thought is hard to put in words but simple to understand. I am sure you have seen photographs where the silhouettes combined together and neither seems correct. 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This includes 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 might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to avoid this kind of blending.
The third factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you have to watch out for your silhouette not reading correctly because it combines with others, it can combine with itself too! 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 critical! Even more so than in a usual photo of this individual. The reality that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this situation. In a shape, no one is going in order 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 successful if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and appear weird in silhouette and other clothes could drastically alter the shape. In silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various poses for their contours and find several you can use when you're creating silhouettes. Add them to your laptop when the specific situation arises, so you'll always have them at hand.
Silhouettes are not just successful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church together with the light from outside silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo hint on how best to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the crowd, its worth learning the way to do them well. A