Landscape Photography Photo Tip - Get Better Sundown Photography With Shapes!
Today's landscape photography photo trick will continue our discussion of how to create stunning sunset photography.
Previously, 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 intriguing palm tree, a seagull flying by... basically anything! The gorgeous colours are the backdrop to our star, not the focus of the photo.
But (as in our routine non sunset landscape pictures) the most effective star is a person! Folks like looking at people! You will receive the viewer more readily engaged in a photo - any photo - where there are individuals being shown.
In a sunset photograph there is two ways to put in an individual. In silhouette showing no element and normally revealing full detail.
Now's sundown photography photo trick will discuss including a silhouetted individual. Or actually anything - the principles are valid regardless of what your 'star' is. Done well, the end result can be among the most exquisite pictures you may create.
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When adding a silhouette, the key element to keep in mind is that you're adding a shape, not a person (or bird or tree). Your shape will likely be pure black with no detail.
In sunset photography, getting the contour that is black that is pure free of detail is actually fairly simple. In our previous discussions, we have learned that if we take our meter readings from the sky - everything else in our sunset photo will go black. Ta-daaa!
Previously, our concern was to bring detail into the areas that are dark - now we only let them go dim.
The initial step would be to meter from the sky, not the individual so to add a shape. In the event you meter from the person, your camera will make a powerful attempt at setting an exposure to show element.
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 correct place in the photo.
The 2nd concern we have in adding a silhouette is actually harder to get right.
Don't forget, 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 be able to immediately tell what it really is. In case your subject is standing in front of another thing, like a palm tree, stone or whatever - the (black with no detail) contours will blend together and distort the image.
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This notion is hard to put in words but simple to comprehend. I am sure you have seen photographs where the silhouettes blended together and neither seems appropriate. 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's nothing currently intersecting with your silhouetted contour.
This comprises the ground... The bottom half is lost in the ground although often I see shapes where the top half of the version is in silhouette. You might have to shoot up at your star from a slightly lower vantage point to avert this kind of blending.
The 3rd factor to contemplate is the contour itself! Not only do you have to be on the lookout for your shape not reading right 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.
To get a productive silhouette, the pose is vital! Even more so than in a usual photo of the individual. The very fact that she's a girl that is pretty does not matter in this case. 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 using 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 form and look weird in silhouette. It might look like a tiara in the wedding photographs, but in silhouette, it resembles demon's horns sticking out of her head.
Study various find several you may use when you're making silhouettes and poses for their shapes. So you will always have them at hand when the specific situation appears, add them to your laptop.
Shapes are not just effective in sunset photography, but at weddings. Model the couple in silhouette in front of a stained glass window for example. Or in the doorway of the church from outside silhouetting them with the light.
Exercise today's landscape photography photo hint on how to get better sunset photography by including silhouettes. There are many times when a silhouette is just the thing you must separate you from the group, its worth learning the best way to do them nicely. A