Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Today's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colours are not enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Now let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The magnificent colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape photographs) the best star is a man! Folks like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two methods to add a man. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally revealing complete detail.
Now's sundown photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be among the very exquisite pictures you may create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential component to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will soon be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the black contour 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 sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only let them go dim.
The first step will be to meter from the sky, not the individual, so to put in a silhouette. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show element, in the event you meter from the individual.
To put it differently, you must 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 adding a shape, the second concern we have is actually 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 must have the ability to instantly tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of another thing, 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 notion is difficult to put in words but simple to understand. I'm sure you've observed photos where the shapes neither seems correct and mixed together. 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's nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This consists of the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although frequently I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette. You may have to shoot up at your star from a somewhat lower vantage point to avert this kind 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 combine with itself also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.
To get an effective silhouette, the pose is essential! Even more so than in a normal photo of this man. The fact that she is a girl that is pretty does not matter in this event. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and appear strange in silhouette and other clothing could radically alter the form. It might look as a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you may use when you are making silhouettes. Add them to your notebook when the specific situation appears, so that you may always have them at hand.
Silhouettes are not only effective in sundown photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church with the light from outdoor silhouetting them.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including shapes on how to get better sundown photography. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the bunch, its worth learning how to do them well. A