Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo hint of now will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Formerly, we discovered that the pretty colors aren't enough. A winning sundown photo wants a star. Now let us add shapes to get better sundown photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned the star might be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The gorgeous colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sundown landscape photos) the best star is a person! People like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to put in an individual. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally revealing full detail.
Now's sundown photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the very exquisite photographs you could create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial element to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a man (or bird or tree). Your contour will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the black contour that is pure with no detail is really pretty 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 areas that are dark - now we only have them go dim.
The initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual so to put in a silhouette. In the event that you meter from the person, your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to show detail.
In other words, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right place in the photo.
In adding a silhouette, the second concern we have is actually harder to get right.
Don't forget, you are adding a contour 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 certanly be able to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of some other item, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will mix together and distort the image.
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This notion is difficult to put in words but simple to comprehend. I'm sure you have seen photographs where the silhouettes combined together and neither seems right. Someone using a palm tree growing out of their head, a palm tree with a seagull's wing sticking out of the trunk and so on...
Be sure that there's nothing 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 somewhat lower to avoid this sort of blending.
The third factor to take into account is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be careful for your silhouette not reading correctly 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 critical, to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of this person. The fact that she is a girl that is pretty does not matter in this scenario. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going in order to tell what she looks like.
Consider 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 shape could dramatically alter and appear strange in silhouette. It might look like a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in shape, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head.
Study various find several you can use when you are creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your laptop when the situation arises, so you will always have them at hand.
Shapes are not just powerful in sunset 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 outside silhouetting them together with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on how to get better sundown photography. There are various times when a shape is just the thing you must separate you from the crowd, its worth learning the way to do them well. A