Simple Silhouette Photography Technique

Simple Silhouette Photography Technique

Simple Silhouette Photography Technique
After reading the article How to Become a Photographer you are terms silhouette. In studying photography, we will meet with the name of the silhouette. What's that silhouette? you certainly curious, right? To make it easier to understand, Silhouette was visible when the subject as a black shape with a brighter background.

Basic tips to get the silhouette images is to put the subject or shape you want in the "black-out" in front of a light source and then forced the camera adjusts exposure based on the light / background rather than on the main subject of the photo. By performing the above photographic techniques, will cause the subject under-exposed (very dark and black).

There are a lot of descriptions of existing techniques on how to make the correct silhouette image, but try to read the review below about some of the initial steps to get the silhouette image. Basically what is try on the pillowcase is how to make the camera thinks that the brightest part is Point-of-Interest you want.

Choose solid object

Almost all of the objects can be used as a silhouette image, but some are better than others. Choose object of strong character and shape is easily recognizable, it would make more attractive in the form of two-dimensional and make people look older photo deepen your silhouette photo. Silhouette image can not describe the color, texture, and tone your subjects, so the form must be characteristic of the object.

Turn off Flash

Automatic camera setting mode will definitely mess up silhouette image that you will create. The camera will automatically add the flash in a dark object and not exposed to light. Change the settings to the camera manually, or turn off your flash to get a nice silhouette image (but there are also some silhouette images that use flash).

Make sure Light Properly

At the time set light to the subject, you have to forget a lot of knowledge has been learned in the world of photography in general, and think a little backward. In silhouette images you should make sure there is enough light shining behind the object image, and not in front of him, in other words, light is used to illuminate the back of the object, and not from the front. As an example of silhouette images is to put your subject in front of sunrise or sunset, but you can also use other sources of bright light to get the silhouette image.


Perform the framing your shots by placing it in the front view is interesting, but with a bright background. Background of interest could be a bright cloudless sky with the sun setting. Position the brightest light behind the subject so impressed you're hiding the light source.

Make separate silhouette shapes and tidy

If there is more than one shape or silhouette of objects in the image you want to capture, try to separate them, as an example: if you want to catch the silhouette of a tree and a small child, then do not put a small child in front of a tree or even leaning in that tree, it will unite the shadows as well as their shape and impact connoisseurs photos will be a little confusion about what it actually forms. When doing framing, you might want to take the shape and profile of someone, to do that you need to further highlight the shape of their faces from the side (nose, mouth, eyes) describe their facial lines so that audiences would be able to recognize the face of who you portrait.

Automatic mode

Most cameras today have the automated metering where they have a "sense" that is good for clicking expose a photograph so that all the elements can be exposed to enough light. The problem is that when the camera is smart enough to do it, then it will definitely prefer to give light rather than allowing these elements "under-exposed", and you will not get the desired silhouette image, so you have a little do the trick. Most of the camera work and measure the level of exposure automatically when the shutter button is pressed half, and it means that when looking for auto focus. Point the camera at the brightest point in your image, and then press the shutter halfway tomboh and do not let go, then change the direction of the camera back into the frame on the subject of your photo and press the shutter button fully. This silhouette image technique can work on most DSLR cameras. This technique could mean fool your camera with the thought that the brightest part of the image is a mid-tone darker so all of them will be considered a dark shadow. Some digital cameras also have a spot metering arrangement and centered, use the metering arrangement, and it will assist you in applying the above techniques.

Manual Mode

If the technique by using the automatic mode does not work, and your digital camera supports manual exposure settings or exposure compensation, try experimenting with these features. The beauty of digital photography is that you can do experiments and trials in a field of photography to get a perfect result. A most simple way by using the manual mode is to start by looking at the shutter-speed and aperture suggested by the camera's automatic mode. If the auto mode is found the subject too bright and you want a darker, lower shutter speed as much as one or two stop and see how it impacts. You can also use the technique of 'bracketing' to get a few photos with different exposure levels.


In most cases, you'll want to subject disiluetkan is the focus of the entire picture, if so then the technique or process described in the number 4 will be a little complex where you get the silhouette by pointing the camera at the brightest point, and then directed to the subject. the focus will be on the brightest point the first time the camera is directed. To get around this you could use two strategies, first if your camera has a manual focus try using prefokus before metering. The second way is to use the aperture to maximize depth-of-field (all photos will be more focused elements). Arrange the smallest aperture (large numbers) to increase the depth-of-field, this means that you will get detaill foreground and background.

One last tip on how to photograph Silhouettes – while a total silhouette with a nice crisp and black subject can be a powerful shot, also consider the partial silhouette where some detail of your subject is left. Sometimes a touch of light on them makes them slightly more three dimensional and ‘real’. This is the beauty of bracketing your shots as it will leave you with total and partial silhouettes to choose form. 

Postingan terkait:

Belum ada tanggapan untuk "Simple Silhouette Photography Technique"

Post a Comment