Silhouette Photography

THE MAGIC OF SILHOUETTE PHOTOGRAPHY…

Like we know, Silhouette refers to the outline or dark shape of something or someone visible in confined light against a very bright background, hence, silhouette photography captures the shadow casted by a darker object or person compared to that of a relatively brighter background. The greatest way to do this is to shoot during the beginning or end of the day when the sun is beneath the horizon or just on the verge of rising/setting.

Photography by Dylan M Howell.

The best ways to photograph silhouettes are:

  • Choosing a strong subject – Almost all subjects can be made into a silhouette, however something strong and having a recognizable shape must be chosen which will be appealing enough in its dimensional form to hold the interest of those viewing your captured image. Since silhouettes cannot recognize colors, tones, textures and proximity of the subject, the shape of the chosen object ought to be vivid.
  • Turning off the flash – Turning off the flash is very important as flashes ruin the quality of the silhouette, all you require is a little light on the front of your subject thereby, removing the flash.
  • Getting the light correctly – When lighting  of the subject is considered, you need to exclude certain principles of usual photography and think out of the box because in silhouette photography, you need a shining background and thus, avoid the foreground brightness. Therefore, the ideal place for shooting your pictures is during sunrise or sunset.
  • Framing the image – Framing your shot is equally necessary as you are shooting it in a nice plain or surface with a bright background. It is best recommended to position the brightest source of light behind your subject so that they hide it or remains somewhere in the background.
  • Making silhouetted shapes distinct – Try to separate your images if you intend to capture silhouettes of them simultaneously, also during framing you will definitely want to photograph silhouettes of people instead of looking straight on thereby, making their facial features outlined and recognizable.
  • Auto Mode – Since modern cameras sense quickly how to expose a photograph in order to check that everything is well lit, they will light up your subject rather than underexposing it. Thus, it is essential to point your camera at the brightest portion of your picture and then press the shutter half way down without letting it go, and then by moving your camera to frame the shot along with the subject, the image gets captured.
  • Manual Mode – In case this technique is inefficient and your camera has enough control over manual exposure, you might try new settings; the beauty of digital is that it keeps experimenting till the end of all shoots to your heart’s content. The most convenient way to start using manual mode is to observe the shutter speed and aperture that it recommends in automatic mode.
  • Focusing – Maximizing the depth of field by use of aperture enhances the quality and focusing power of silhouette images.

The beauty of silhouettes is unique, happy capturing!

Floral Photography

Beautiful Floral Photography

I am attracted to nature. So, my photographic interests are also in the nature. There is something about beauty of a flower with wide variety of colors, shapes and patterns that has a soothing effect on my mind. It does not depend on the place where it blooms. It can be anywhere.

flower photo

The advantage of taking pictures of a flower is that it is a willing subject. Flowers do not move away when you are taking a photograph. The basic idea is to make our photos different from the others with a “wow” factor. Likewise, my aim is to make it make it the best among the photographs

You must remember that shooting at the eye level do not give the best result. In order to create the images more creative and dynamic, one should shoot straight down at the flower. You may also get down on your knees for shooting. You have to look around for the flower and the background.  You have to adjust angle depending on the light.

Shooting flowers is a good excuse to meditate. Sit down, try to find a spot away from people and relax. Take time before you start the shooting to sense the odors, colors and shapes.

The photograph of flowers must bring out the beauty. The image should be composed in a way that the flower is prominent and not lost in a maze. Flower is such a beautiful thing and some are so complex that you have to shoot from the closest possible place. 

You may find that the wind is blowing when you are all set to shoot from a close range. Even if there is a cool wind blowing, it would disturb the flower. It is a good idea to carry something like an umbrella to guard the wind.

The best time to shoot is close to sunrise or sunset. It is done at that time as the sun is low in the sky and the light is best. You can try to place the flower between the camera and the sun. You may also add a hint of the sun peeking out from the edge of the flower to create a starburst effect.  

Use a background that has got a different color than the main subject. It surely helps to define what is most important in the picture.

At the time of taking photographs of flowers, we tend to focus on everything. But sometimes give us a messy image. Sharp focus is crucial when you are taking photograph of flower. Small adjustment can have massive impact for your shot. You have to identify the point which you want to focus. After that you have to ensure that it is as sharp as possible.

For creating extra interest in your photograph, you have to plan about how to composing photograph. You may tilt your camera to get an interesting viewpoint and slightly crooked horizon.

You can find photography “tips” everywhere on the internet, but the best results can be achieved by trial and error method, which requires a lot of patience and an eye for details. If you are willing to go the extra mile to achieve the perfect shot, then you will figure out a way to avoid all obstacles on your course like too low light or too much wind.