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10 Tips to Take a Silhouette Portrait Like a Pro

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The silhouette effect does not often give strength to the picture: to give a special atmosphere. The picture is simple (the subject is black with a clear background), and powerful when telling a story. How to get beautiful silhouette techniques? Follow the guides.

1. Place subject to light
It does not need to be mentioned but it goes better by writing it down: the principle of silhouette is to place the subject in front of a strong light, which writes against the light. So you have to forget not much about what you’ve learned about exposure, or rather using it with a smart technique: we actually want to reduce your subject.

2. Use horizontal light

Indeed, light in broad daylight will force you to lean heavily to the point of being behind your subject, and more will not want to “overflow” on the subject because it is very strong. The ideal for this is to pick up silhouettes around the golden clock, which is a matter for the majority of these photos in a way. That said, be creative: each powerful light in a dark environment will do the trick, like a fire for example (we do not count pictures of firemen in silhouette in this matter).

3. Choosing the right background

Because only the exposed background correctly, it must be selected. We recommend choosing a relatively innocent background (again the sky is a good example). Indeed, a background with too little contrast will have a dark area that can make the image unreadable.

4. Choose the right subject

Our subject is not really bright enough, it must have a certain power and its silhouette can be recognized in the first sight. So choose a subject that looks pretty special so I and you can recognize it without a doubt, and it’s pretty interesting in two dimensions for an interesting image. You can not play with color or texture, so play the shape!

5. Beware of legibility
With the same technique as before, if you photographed a number of subjects in the silhouette of the same image, be sure to separate them to the extent that they can not recognize them … If we choose a human subject, the best advice I can give you is to photograph your profile subject , it will be easy to identify, which facilitates the reading of the portrait and adds to its effect. Especially when you try to shoot in dark indoor, like night club or casino places, I remember when try to taking a silhouette effect for my friend when playing casino in agen maxbet terpercaya last year.

6. Cut the flash
Well yes, it’s a boat, but if our flash is triggered, we will not have a silhouette effect, on the contrary. In short, should not forget this detail 😉 At the same time, if you follow my basic advice, you’ve left auto mode and our flash is disabled all the time, so I’m sure that this point will not be a problem 😀

7. Avoid subject irradiation


With the same technique, avoid like other sources of exposure outbreaks on your subject, they can damage the effects of your silhouette. The best way is to shoot in a dark environment, of course.

8. Choose the right brightness measurement mode
Although the majority of the time of the evaluative measurement mode will do a good job, we can use spot metering mode by measuring the light in the air (or other background) to ensure the silhouette effect. If we do not know this last sentence, I invite you to read my writing about the use of brightness measurement mode.

9. Smooth adjustment


Light conditions are usually rather difficult, to the extent that our camera may feel automatic focusing problem. In this case, we can move to manual concentration, or maximize depth of field by minimizing openings. This second option also has the advantage of creating an aesthetic sunset in the background. But be careful, in some situations, minimizing the aperture can produce slow shutter speeds.

10. Stay bright on the subject

I say not quite the opposite of a number of higher lines, but sometimes escorting the lighting on a small detail of the subject (bridge of the nose, face, etc …), can give up more power not in the image. But be careful, use this sparingly: it is only a small part of the subject that must be illuminated, and the weakest!

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