Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo trick of today will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered that the pretty colours are not enough. A winning sunset photo wants a star. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star may be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sundown landscape pictures) the most effective star is a man! People like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a man. In silhouette showing no aspect and normally revealing full detail.
Today's sundown photography photo tip will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be one of the most exquisite pictures you may ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential component 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 free of detail is actually quite simple. In our previous discussions, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we just have them go dim.
So to add a silhouette, the initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the person. In the event that you meter from the individual, your camera will make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to reveal detail.
To put it differently, it's necessary for you to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the correct place in the photo.
In including a shape, the 2nd concern we have is actually 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' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must certanly be able to instantly tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other item, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will combine together and distort the image.
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This idea is difficult to put in words but simple to comprehend. I am certain you've observed pictures where the shapes combined together and neither appears appropriate. 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 is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This comprises the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see shapes where the top half of the version is in shape. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to avert this kind of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading right because it blends 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.
The pose is vital to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of the person. The fact that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this scenario. In a shape, no one is definitely 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 powerful if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other garments could drastically change the form and look bizarre in silhouette. It may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you may use when you are making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your laptop so you'll always have them at hand when the specific situation appears.
Silhouettes are not just successful in sunset 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 together with the light from outside silhouetting them.
Practice today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography. There are lots of times when a shape is just the thing you have to separate you from the group, its worth learning the way to do them well. A