If you’re like me you keep your eyes open for just the right conditions to take photos of attractive silhouettes…sunset especially is my favorite. As much as I like silhouettes I’m reluctant to take silhouette photos unless the light looks just right to me. For example, here’s one I took of Lady Liberty on a New York harbor crossing recently.
The light was coming from the west, that was the direction I was facing, and the sun had dropped below the horizon. I could see the shadow on the water in front of the statue. I thought these were ideal conditions so I snapped away, but somehow I didn’t get quite the result I was hoping for. I expected there to be more distinction between the background sky and the statue. And since I don’t get out on New York harbor very often I won’t soon have another chance.
Given this result, I began looking online for help with silhouette photography and found this article with tips on how to give myself a good chance at getting a silhouette photo I will be satisfied with. The author is Marc Schenker and here are a few of his tips and examples of his work.
Mark Schenker suggests…
- Choose the Time of Day
- Get Yourself into the Best Position for the Shot
- Adjust Your Camera Settings Accordingly
And a few more thoughtful suggestions that I believe will help me the next time I want to take silhouette photos.
Here are two of his silhouettes.
See what Mark has to say about silhouette photography in this article: https://contrastly.com/learn-how-to-photograph-silhouettes-the-easy-way/
And he does make it sound easy. I’ll be using his tips in the future.