Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sunset Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo hint of now will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Now let's add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we've mentioned that the star could 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 sundown landscape photos) the best star is a man! People 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's two methods to put in an individual. In shape showing no element and normally showing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be among the most exquisite pictures you could 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 contour will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure with no detail is really fairly easy. In our previous discussions, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the spaces that are dark - now we only have them go dim.
So to put in a shape, the initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual. Your camera is likely to make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to reveal element in case 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 set your 'star' in the right spot in the photo.
The 2nd concern we've got in adding a shape is in fact more difficult 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 be able to instantly tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will blend together and distort the image.
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This idea is hard to put in words but simple to understand. I am sure you've seen photographs where the silhouettes neither appears correct and blended together. An individual with 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 currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This contains 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 vantage point that is marginally lower to prevent this kind of blending.
The third factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your shape not reading correctly because it combines 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 essential to get a productive silhouette! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. The reality that she's a pretty girl doesn't matter in this event. In a shape, no one is going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Take photo examples out of magazines and color them using a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be powerful if that was all you could see of the individual?
The form could dramatically change and look bizarre in silhouette. In shape, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it may look as a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various find several you may use when you're creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your notebook when the situation arises, so that you will always have them at hand.
Shapes are not only 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 outside silhouetting them together with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo tip on what steps to take to to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are numerous times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to separate you from the gang, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A