Photographing Silhouettes: Tutorial

March 5, 2010 · 2 comments

in Travel,Tutorials

Silhouettes can create mood and mystery to any image, the trick is just to make it look like a silhouette, and not a badly exposed image. Here are a few pointers to keep in mind:

1. The basic strategy to create a silhouette, is to place your subject in front of the light source, and expose for the brightest part of the scene.

2. Turn off your flash.

3. Make sure the silhouetted shape is in sharp focus.

4. Since the main subject of your image will have little or no detail, remember the rule of thirds to create a strong composition, and keep silhouetted shapes distinct & uncluttered.

5. To create a more dramatic  silhouette, you may need to need to manually over expose. Start off at 1 stop, check the result, and if necessary, increase the exposure until you achieve the desired result.

I shot this silhouette image crouched down on the floor of the dhow, with the sun behind the sail, and intentionally overexposed by 2 stops to create the rich blue hues in the sky.

Silhouette Zanzibar

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