Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
The landscape photography photo hint of today will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Formerly, we found that the pretty colors are not enough. A star is needed by a winning sunset photo. Now let us add silhouettes to get better sunset photography.
In previous articles, we have mentioned that the star may be an interesting palm tree, a seagull flying by... essentially anything! The gorgeous colors are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our regular non sundown landscape photographs) the most effective star is a man! People like looking at folks! You're going to get the viewer more easily participated in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being shown.
In a sunset photograph there's two methods to put in a man. In silhouette showing no detail and normally showing complete detail.
Now's sunset photography photo suggestion will discuss including a silhouetted man. Or really anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the outcome may be one of the very exquisite pictures you may create.
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When adding a silhouette, the essential element to keep in mind is that you are adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your contour will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the black shape that is pure free of 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 is going to go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the dark areas - now we only have them go dark.
The initial step will be to meter from the sky, not the man so to put in a shape. Your camera will make a mighty effort at setting an exposure to show detail, in the event you meter from the person.
In other words, you need to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to put your 'star' in the right place in the photo.
In adding a silhouette, the 2nd concern we've got is in fact harder to get right.
Remember, you're 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' correctly.
By 'read' I mean that when someone looks at your photo, they should have the ability to immediately tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of another item, like a palm tree, rock or whatever - the (black with no detail) shapes will blend together and distort the image.
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This idea is hard to put in words but simple to comprehend. I am certain you've seen pictures where the silhouettes mixed together and neither appears correct. A person with 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 is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This includes the ground... Frequently I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in silhouette but the bottom half is lost in the ground. You may have to shoot up at your star from a vantage point that is marginally lower to avoid this type of blending.
The third factor to think about is the shape itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your silhouette not reading correctly because it mixes 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 critical to get a productive shape! Even more so than in a usual photo of the individual. The reality that she is a girl that is pretty does not matter in this event. In a silhouette, no one is definitely going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Take photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be successful if that was all you could see of the person?
Hats and other clothing could radically alter the form and appear weird in silhouette. In silhouette, it looks like demon's horns sticking from her head, although it may look as a tiara in the wedding pictures.
Study various poses for their contours and find several you may use when you're creating silhouettes. So you will always have them at hand when the situation arises, add them to your notebook.
Shapes are not just successful in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or at the doorway of the church from outdoor silhouetting them with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including silhouettes on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography. There are lots of times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the gang, its worth learning how to do them well. A