Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo tip of now will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colours are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Today let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star could be an intriguing 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 pictures) the most effective star is a person! Folks like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to put in a person. In shape showing no element and normally revealing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo trick will discuss adding a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be one of the most exquisite photographs 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 contour will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the black shape that is pure free of detail is really fairly easy. In our previous conversations, 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 areas - now we just have them go dim.
So to add a shape, the initial step is to meter from the sky, not the individual. Your camera will make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show detail in case 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 correct position in the photo.
In adding a shape, the 2nd concern we've got is really more challenging to get right.
Don't forget, you are 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' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should be able to immediately tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of some other object, like a palm tree, stone 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'm sure you have seen pictures where the shapes blended together and neither appears right. A person 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 is nothing intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This contains the ground... Frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the version is in shape 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 sort of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you have to look out for your shape not reading right because it mixes with others, it can combine with itself too! 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 person. The reality that she is a girl that is pretty does not matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, no one is going to be able 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 powerful if that was all you could see of the person?
Other garments and hats could drastically change the shape and appear weird in silhouette. It might 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 may use when you're creating silhouettes. So that you'll always have them at hand when the specific situation appears, add them to your notebook.
Silhouettes are not just effective in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with all the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint on how to get better sunset photography by including shapes. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to distinguish you from the crowd, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A