Landscape Photography Photo Trick - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
Now's landscape photography photo hint will continue our discussion of the way to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, we found the pretty colours aren't enough. A winning sundown photo needs a star. Today let us add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star may be an intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The stunning colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sunset landscape pictures) the best star is a person! People like looking at folks! 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 an individual. In shape showing no aspect and generally revealing full detail.
Now's sundown photography photo suggestion will discuss adding a silhouetted person. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome can be one of the very exquisite photographs 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 person (or bird or tree). Your contour will probably be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the black shape that is pure free of detail is actually pretty easy. In our previous discussions, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sundown photo is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only let them go dark.
The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the individual, so to put in a shape. Your camera is likely to make a mighty attempt at setting an exposure to reveal detail should you meter from the person.
In other words, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the correct spot in the photo.
In adding a silhouette, the second concern we have is really harder 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 have the ability to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of another item, 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 difficult to place in words but easy to understand. I am sure you've observed photographs where the shapes neither looks appropriate and blended together. A person 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 contour.
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 may have to shoot up at your star from a somewhat lower vantage point to prevent this form of blending.
The third factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you need 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.
To get an effective silhouette, the pose is vital! Even more so than in a normal photo of this person. The fact that she is a girl that is pretty does not matter in this case. In a silhouette, no one is going in order to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that model 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the individual?
Hats and other garments could radically change the shape and appear weird in silhouette. In shape, it looks like devil's horns sticking from her head, although it might look like a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various find several you may use when you're making silhouettes and poses for their contours. So you'll always have them at hand when the specific situation appears, add them to your laptop.
Silhouettes are not just effective in sundown photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the door of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with all the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint by including silhouettes on how best to get better sunset photography. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you have to distinguish you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A