Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sundown Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo tip of now 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 sundown photo. Today let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we have mentioned that the star could be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The magnificent colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sundown landscape pictures) the best star is a person! People like looking at people! You will receive the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in an individual. In shape showing no element and normally showing full detail.
Today's sunset photography photo trick will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result may be one of the most exquisite photos you could really ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key component to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the black shape that is pure free of detail is actually fairly 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!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we just let them go dim.
The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the person, so to add a silhouette. If you meter from the person, your camera will make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to show element.
In other words, you must take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct position in the photo.
The 2nd concern we've got in adding a shape is in fact harder to get right.
Remember, 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 certanly have the ability to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of some other 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 thought is difficult to put in words but easy to understand. I am sure you've observed photographs where the shapes neither appears correct and combined together. Someone 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 shape.
This contains the ground... Often I see silhouettes where the top half of the version is in shape but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You might have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to avoid this kind of blending.
The third factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you need to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading right because it blends with others, it can blend 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 shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of this man. The reality that she is a pretty girl does not matter in this scenario. In a shape, no one is definitely 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 pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?
Other clothes and hats could radically alter the shape and appear odd in silhouette. In shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head, although it may look as a tiara in the wedding photographs.
Study various find several you may use when you are making silhouettes and poses for their contours. So you may always have them at hand when the situation arises, add them to your notebook.
Silhouettes are not just successful in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the door of the church with all the light from outside silhouetting them.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion on how to get better sundown photography by including silhouettes. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to separate you from the crowd, its worth learning the way to do them nicely. A