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Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!

Today's landscape photography photo suggestion will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.

Formerly, we found the pretty colours are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.

In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star might be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The stunning colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.

But (as in our routine non sundown landscape photographs) the most effective star is a man! People like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being revealed.

In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in a person. In silhouette showing no detail and generally showing 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 may be one of the very exquisite photographs you could really ever create.

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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a man (or bird or tree). Your shape will soon be pure black with no detail.

In sunset photography, getting the black contour that is pure free of detail is really pretty 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 spaces that are dark - now we just have them go dim.

The first step is to meter from the sky, not the man so to add a shape. Your camera will make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to show element in the event you meter from the person.

To put it differently, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right position in the photo.

Simple.

In adding a shape, the second concern we've got is actually more difficult to get right.

Don't forget, 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' correctly.

By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the ability to instantly tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will mix together and distort the image.

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This notion is difficult to put in words but simple to comprehend. I'm certain you've observed photos where the silhouettes mixed together and neither appears right. Someone who has 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.

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 may have to shoot up at your star from a somewhat lower vantage point to avert this type of blending.

The third factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you have to look out for your shape not reading accurately because it mixes with others, it can blend 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 silhouette! Even more so than in a normal photo of this man. The fact that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this scenario. In a shape, no one is definitely going in order 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 person?

Hats and appear odd in silhouette and other clothing could radically alter the form. It may look as a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking from her head.

Study various find several you may use when you're making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. When the situation arises, so you'll always have them at hand, add them to your notebook.

Silhouettes are not just successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church together with the light from outdoor silhouetting them.

Practice today's landscape photography photo hint on how to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are various times when a shape is just the thing you have to separate you from the gang, its worth learning the way to do them well. A