Mini Assignment # 4 -Silhouette Photography

One basic rule of photography is to never place the subject directly in front of the sun.  However, an effective silhouette breaks that rule.  In the area of photography, a silhouette is defined as an outline that appears dark against a light background.  The subject is generally a simple shape that is recognizable.  Silhouette photography produces some of the most visually striking effects you can produce with a digital camera.  It is a wonderful way to add drama and emotion to your image.

To achieve a silhouette, the main subject must be backlit.  A perfect background to that subject would be a sunrise, sunset, or any backdrop that is lighter than the subject.  Silhouette photography is dependent upon being in the right place at the right time with the right camera settings.  With a little practice you too can create your very own breathtaking silhouettes.  Below are several sites that give great tips in achieving the perfect silhouette.

How to Photograph Silhouettes in 8 Easy Steps

How to photograph Silhouettes:  Seven key tips and tricks

Silhouette Photography Made Easy

7 Tips for Photographing Silhouettes

After reading these tips and researching the subject a bit on your own, go out and create your own silhouettes.  Don’t forget to come back and share your pictures on Mr. Linky and also share what tips worked for you and what tips did not.  Have fun!


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