Expert tip Shoot against the sun to create powerful silhouettes
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.