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Learn By Doing Photography

LBD Photography – How to Capture a Silhouette

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #15 – Photographing a Silhouette

I love shooting silhouettes… The dark shape, the outline of someone or something against a bright background. Very dramatic and mysterious in my opinion. This week after swim lessons as we were driving home I saw the perfect opportunity for a silhouette. We pulled over and walked a short distance. She was full of energy, jumping around screaming her name to hear it bounce off the walls… That was a fun stop!

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So how do we capture a silhouette in photography?

For a strong silhouette you want strong contrast. You need to have a bright light source behind your subject. You can use the sun a doorway, window any place that has contrast between your subject and background.  Then you expose for the light, by doing so your subject will be underexposed creating a beautiful silhouette against your bright background.

A few things to consider:

Think of your shapes. Find interesting strong shapes, looks for curves and angles that will stand out
If you’re on an automatic setting make sure your flash is turned off
Meter for the background not your subjectBacklight your subject

Adorama TV always has a great tutorial. This one is a great one explaining silhouette photography with Gavin Hoey:



Remember you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Next Week Learn by Doing Assignment #16 – Photographing Flowers!



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