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Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!

The landscape photography photo trick of today will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.

Previously, we discovered that the pretty colors aren't enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.

In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star could be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.

But (as in our routine non sundown landscape photos) the most effective star is a person! Folks like looking at people! You will get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are people being shown.

In a sunset photograph there is two ways to put in an individual. In shape showing no element and normally revealing full detail.

Now's sundown photography photo tip will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the result can be among the very exquisite photographs you may create.

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

In sunset photography, getting the pure shape that is black free of detail is actually pretty simple. 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!

Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we just have them go dark.

So to add a silhouette, the first step would be to meter from the sky, not the person. Your camera will make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to reveal element in the event that you meter from the person.

To put it differently, you need 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.

Simple.

The 2nd concern we've got in adding a shape is really 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' correctly.

By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they must manage to immediately 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 place in words but simple to comprehend. I am certain you've observed photos where the silhouettes blended together and neither looks appropriate. A person 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 is nothing intersecting with your silhouetted contour.

This consists of the ground... Frequently I see shapes where the top half of the model is in shape but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to prevent this kind of blending.

The 3rd factor to think about is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be careful for your silhouette not reading accurately because it combines with others, it can combine 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 an effective silhouette! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. 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.

Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?

Hats and look weird in silhouette and other clothing could drastically alter the form. It might look as a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head.

Study various poses for their contours and find several you may use if you are making silhouettes. Add them to your notebook when the situation appears, so you'll always have them at hand.

Shapes are not just effective in sunset 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 all the light from outside silhouetting them.

Practice today's landscape photography photo tip on how to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the gang, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A