Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
Today's landscape photography photo tip will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered that the pretty colors are not enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned the star might 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 regular non sundown landscape photographs) the most effective star is a man! Folks like looking at folks! You'll get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to add a man. In shape showing no element and generally showing complete detail.
Now'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 end result can be one of the very exquisite photographs you may really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key component to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your contour 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 conversations, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only have them go dim.
So to put in a silhouette, the initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual. If you meter from the person, your camera will make a powerful attempt 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 right spot in the photo.
In including a shape, the second concern we've got is really more difficult to get right.
Remember, you are adding a shape 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 have the capacity to instantly tell what it 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) shapes will mix together and distort the image.
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This idea is hard to place in words but easy to understand. I am certain you've seen photos where the shapes neither seems appropriate 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 contour.
This comprises the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape. You might have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to avoid this sort of blending.
The third factor to consider is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be careful for your silhouette not reading right because it mixes with others, it can blend 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 vital, to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of the man. The reality that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, 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 model 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other clothing could drastically change the form and appear strange in silhouette. In silhouette, it looks like devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it may look like a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various poses for their shapes and find several you can use if you are making silhouettes. Add them to your laptop when the specific situation arises, so that you will always have them at hand.
Silhouettes are not only powerful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church from outdoor silhouetting them together with the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo suggestion on what steps to take to to get better sunset photography by including shapes. There are numerous times when a shape is just the thing you need to separate you from the group, its worth learning how to do them nicely. A