Landscape Photography Photo Hint - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo hint of today will continue our discussion of the way to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we discovered the pretty colours are not enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Now let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned the star could be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape photographs) the best star is a person! Folks like looking at people! You will get the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to add a person. In shape showing no element and generally showing complete detail.
Today's sundown photography photo trick will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or really anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be among the most exquisite photos 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 shape will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the pure black contour free of detail is really pretty simple. In our previous discussions, 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 dark.
The first step is to meter from the sky, not the man, so to add a shape. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show element, if you meter from the individual.
To put it differently, it's necessary for you to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the right position in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in including a silhouette is actually more challenging 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's to 'read' right.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the ability to immediately tell what it really is. If your subject is standing in front of some other object, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will combine together and distort the image.
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This idea is hard to place in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you have observed pictures where the shapes neither appears correct and combined together. Someone 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's nothing intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This includes 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 might have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avert this form of blending.
The third factor to consider is the shape itself! Not only do you have to look out for your silhouette not reading right 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 normal photo of this person. The reality that she is a pretty girl does not 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 using a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the individual?
The form could drastically change and look weird in silhouette. In silhouette, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head, although it may look as a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various find several you can use if you are making silhouettes and poses for their contours. When the situation arises, so you will always have them at hand, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not only effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them with all the light.
Practice today's landscape photography photo tip by including silhouettes on how to get better sunset photography. There are various times when a silhouette is just the thing you need to separate you from the crowd, its worth learning the best way to do them well. A