Ex­pert tip Shoot against the sun to cre­ate pow­er­ful sil­hou­ettes

Practical Photography (UK) - - Outdoor Adventure -

Cre­at­ing a bal­anced ex­po­sure in un­even light­ing can be tricky, but some­times you can cre­ate amaz­ing pho­tos by sim­ply em­brac­ing your en­vi­ron­ment. When the sun is low in the sky, you’ve got the per­fect con­di­tions to cap­ture sil­hou­ettes.

The tech­nique for this is sim­ple. All you need to do is frame up your shot and en­sure that you’re shoot­ing be­tween 3 to 5 stops un­der­ex­posed. Make sure you dou­ble-check your im­age af­ter­wards to see whether you’ve man­aged to cap­ture all the tones in the sky. One of the most dif­fi­cult as­pects of pho­tograph­ing sil­hou­ettes is en­sur­ing you’ve got a dy­namic com­po­si­tion. You need to keep in mind that all of the de­tail, colour and tone will be stripped out of your sil­hou­ette, leav­ing just the outline. If you’re us­ing a hu­man fig­ure as your sub­ject, this makes their pose more im­por­tant than ever. Try to cap­ture them mid-ac­tion, as this will be far more dy­namic than if they’re stand­ing still, shoul­ders slumped. If they are rest­ing, why not ask them to face to­wards the sun, roll their shoul­ders back and hold their head high for an epic posed sil­hou­ette.

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