What is a Silhouette?
- dark shape/outline of someone or something visible against a lighter background. Especially in dim light where the object is usually black.
Silhouette photography has always been a favorite of mine. Silhouettes convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood all within a photo. It leaves viewers with a running imagination by accentuating curves, lines and shapes.
What is the difference between a Silhouette & Shadow?
Silhouettes are images of a subject, depicting their outlines across a light source. Shadows form when the subjects obstructs flow of light and subjects outline falls on a solid surface.
A few famous movies where a silhouette was present:
- Opening credits for James Bond films
- Psycho- famous gruesome shower scene
- E.T.- flying the bicycle in front of the white full moon
- Disney's Peter Pan while flying in front of the Big Ben Wall Clock Tower
- Disney's Fantasia as the orchestra plays their instruments with rainbow accents in the background
ALWAYS SHOOT IN MANUAL
- Set your aperture (f-stop) for 8.0 or higher for two reasons: 1) You want a large depth of field, so that all of the details are in focus; 2) To reduce the amount of chromatic aberration that often comes with shooting into the sun.
- Increase your shutter speed.
- Keep your ISO as low as possible.
Landscapes/Photography: Low Key Lighting
- Best time is early in the day or late at night when the sun is low in the sky (rising or setting)
- Chose a strong subject
- Turn off the flash
- Get settings/light correct
- Frame the image
- Make silhouette shapes distinct & uncluttered
- Manual mode preference
- Post processing final edits.
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