I happen to love the silhouette photo. I think I love it most because you an capture a beautiful sunset with it, but it also tells a unique story. If you’ve never tried a silhouette, it’s a great way to stretch your photography skills and look at your subject in a different way.
I like my silhouettes with a little action or movement. It takes a little practice not only to get the shot right, but also to get the mood. Because you can’t see faces or expressions, you will need to find a way to express the emotional impact and tell the story in another way.
It’s definitely something you should try.
Canon 5d Mark II
Turn off your flash. You don’t want to illuminate your subject.
Place your subject in front of a bright background. I like the fading sunset.
Choose a place with few distractions.
If you are using the horizon, sometimes it helps to get lower than your subject to get good light and fewer distractions.
With your iPhone tap the screen near the horizon to set the exposure.
With your camera adjust the exposure by metering on the light in the background, then focus on your subject.
I’m always on the lookout for good silhouette landscapes.
Canon 5d MarkII
First practice with the light and angle, then add some action.
Challenge: Shoot a silhouette.
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