Landscape Photography Photo Suggestion - Get Better Sunset Photography With Silhouettes!
The landscape photography photo hint of now will continue our discussion of how to create beautiful sunset photography.
Previously, we found that the pretty colors aren't enough. A winning sunset photo needs a star. Today let's add shapes to get better sunset photography.
In previous posts, we've mentioned the star could 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 routine non sundown landscape photos) the most effective star is an individual! Folks like looking at people! You'll get the viewer more easily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are folks being revealed.
In a sunset photograph there's two ways to put in a man. In silhouette showing no aspect and generally revealing full detail.
Today's sundown photography photo hint will discuss adding a silhouetted man. Or actually anything - the principles are valid no matter what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the very exquisite pictures you could ever create.
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When adding a silhouette, the crucial component to keep in mind is that you're adding a contour, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sundown photography, getting the pure black contour with no detail is actually pretty easy. In our previous conversations, we've learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Formerly, our concern was to bring detail into the dark spaces - now we just let them go dark.
The initial step is to meter from the sky, not the individual so to add a silhouette. Your camera will make a powerful effort at setting an exposure to reveal detail, should you meter from the individual.
To put it differently, you have to take the camera off automatic - meter for the sky and then re-compose to set your 'star' in the right spot in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in adding a shape is really more difficult to get right.
Remember, you are 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 manage to instantly tell what it is. If your subject is standing in front of another object, like a palm tree, stone 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 easy to comprehend. I'm sure you have seen pictures where the silhouettes mixed together and neither appears right. A person 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 is nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted shape.
This contains the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see silhouettes where the top half of the model is in shape. You may have to shoot up at your star from a marginally lower vantage point to avoid this form of blending.
The third factor to take into account is the contour itself! Not only do you have to look out for your silhouette not reading right because it blends with others, it can combine with itself also! Arms crossing in front of the body or hanging (with no gaps) along the sides, legs together and so on.
The pose is crucial to get an effective shape! Even more so than in a normal photo of this individual. The very fact that she's a pretty girl does not matter in this scenario. In a shape, no one is going to be able to tell what she looks like.
Consider photo examples out of magazines and color them with a black magic marker. Would that pose 'read' and be effective if that was all you could see of the individual?
The form could radically change and look bizarre in silhouette. It might look like a tiara in the wedding pictures, but in shape, it resembles devil's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various find several you can use if you are creating silhouettes and poses for their shapes. Add them to your laptop when the specific situation appears, so that you'll always have them at hand.
Silhouettes are not just effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Pose the couple in shape in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Training today's landscape photography photo suggestion by including shapes on what steps to take to to get better sundown photography. There are numerous times when a shape is just the thing you need to separate you from the gang, its worth learning the way to do them nicely. A