A silhouette is a photograph where a dark figure or shape is against a light background. More specifically, it is where your subject is seen as a black shape without detail against a brighter background. These kinds of images look interesting and convey drama, mystery, emotion and different moods to those viewing it. This is what makes silhouette pictures unique. With just a black shape, there are many stories and emotions to tell. Some can even take silhouette pictures accidentally. But it would be a different story if you try to take a picture of an image’s silhouette purposely.
It would really be fulfilling for a photographer or for those aiming to become one when he could take great silhouette photos and convey a distinct message through it. So, if you want to take a stunning silhouette photo with much drama, you can take a look at our tips below. When done rightly, silhouette photography can create extremely impressive photos that can even encourage others to take one of their own. So, read on for our simple tips to have more dramatic silhouette photography.
Backlight your subject!!!!!
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One of the easiest ways to have a silhouette photo is by taking a picture with the sun at the back. Let your subject stand in front of the sun with its light towards the back of the subject. You can do that during sunrise or sunset where the light is at its best.
2. Do not use flash.
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You will not be able to get a silhouette shot with your flash on. So, operate your camera manually and turn off the flash. Using a flash could make the subject bright because it will use the popup flash for “fill-in” flash. You should take an image with the least light on the front of the subject.
3. Try indoor silhouette photography.
You can also take a silhouette image when you are indoors. You can do that by using natural light from windows like a stained glass. You can also apply backlighting by having a bright light behind the subject. It doesn’t necessarily come from the sun. It could also be an artificial light.
4. Take silhouette photos during the night.
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If you think that you can only get good silhouette pictures during the day or during golden hours, you are wrong. Even during the night, a good silhouette image can be taken. It can even give a more dramatic output with some excellent colors. You can do that with a bonfire or an artificial light.