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Sometimes you can say just as much with the suggestion of a thing as you can with all of the detail. This is true of silhouette photography – a genre that can be alarmingly beautiful and expressive. If you’ve never shot silhouettes, you may be wondering how to achieve this look. It’s fairly simple to get the basics down, and from there, you can let your creativity run wild.
The most important thing to remember is that your subject (the thing you want forming the silhouette, in the case of self portraiture, you) should not be lit from the front (we want to obscure most of the detail) and there should be a significant light source in the background (this is what creates an outline, or silhouette). There are many ways to obtain this kind of setting, from studio lighting to sunlight – I find that sunsets provide an amazing backdrop for silhouettes. Play around with it to see what you can achieve. Once you’ve identified a subject and have a way to backlight them, expose the image for the light behind, rather than the subject (or anything in the foreground). This way, your subject will be very dark, creating an outline with little detail from the front. Voila! This is the basic formula for silhouette photography.
A few things to remember:
Here are some examples of silhouette self portraits I’ve created, with some basic information you can review.
We loved seeing all the entries to yesterday’s event – here’s a mosaic of favorites. There’s a bit of cropping, but you can see they are all amazing! To see the event and all the images, visit here: https://goo.gl/1JqepE
Submissions for Self Portrait Sunday are now closed, but if you’d still like to create an image for this theme, you’re in luck – you have until the end of the month to enter the January Challenge with the same theme, here:https://goo.gl/HiKIu9