Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo tip will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sundown photo wants a star. Now let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned the star could be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The magnificent colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape pictures) the best star is an individual! People like looking at people! You will get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in a person. In silhouette showing no element and generally revealing full detail.
Today's sunset photography photo trick will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be among the most exquisite pictures you may 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 person (or bird or tree). Your shape will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure contour that is black free of detail is actually quite easy. In our previous discussions, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we just have them go dark.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to add a silhouette. Should you meter from the individual, your camera is likely to make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show element.
In other words, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the right position in the photo.
In including a shape, the 2nd concern we have is really more difficult to get right.
Remember, you are 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' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must be able to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of some other item, 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 notion is difficult to place in words but easy to understand. I'm certain you've observed photographs where the silhouettes neither appears right and mixed together. Someone with 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This includes the ground... Often I see shapes 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 vantage point that is somewhat lower to prevent this form of blending.
The third factor to think about is the contour itself! Not only do you need to watch out for your shape not reading correctly because it mixes 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.
To get an effective shape, the pose is vital! Even more so than in a usual photo of the individual. The very fact that she is a girl that is pretty doesn't matter in this case. 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 pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the individual?
The shape could dramatically change and look bizarre in silhouette. It may look like a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.
Study various poses for their contours and find several you can use when you are creating silhouettes. So you may always have them at hand when the specific situation appears, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not only effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church with all the light from outside silhouetting them.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint by including silhouettes on how to get better sundown photography. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you must distinguish you from the group, its worth learning the way to do them well. A