Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Silhouettes in photography are truly unlike any other type of photography. Why are silhouettes special?
They are special because silhouettes engage the viewer. No matter what your subject might be or who it is, the viewer of the photograph has the chance to imagine what is happening or unfolding. Depending on individual perspective, your audience can come up with a wide range of opinions as to what is revealed in the scene.
The key is to focus on the different aspects of your silhouette. What questions are you answering, or asking? Follow your imagination and you will be amazed and surprised at your results.
Preparing to shoot a silhouette place your subject in front of your light source. (Let's use the sunset for an example, but any bright light can achieve this.)When the sun is just above the horizon meter your camera on the sky. Often times your exposure may need to be longer so a tripod is always good practice. Sometimes it may take several attempts to achieve that perfect shot. Ask your questions... who, what, where, how? The more questions asked or answered, the more effective your silhouette will be.
Along with being photographers, many who read our blog as well as my Focusing on life sisters, have blogs of our own. We are also writers. (Stop coughing :)
So, to challenge our writing skills today, look once again at my silhouette I posted above and in the comment section tell a brief story of who that person is. Why are they there? What are they thinking, doing? How did they decide to sit in that spot? Use your writing skills to narrate the photo.
I'm looking forward to reading your creative thoughts. This past month, our FOL flickr pool has been rocking with barns of all sizes, shapes and colors. Thank you so much for sharing your passions. Keep it up!