Photo Talk: Silhouettes

(c) Lynne Medsker

It’s been quite a while since the last “Photo Talk” post went up!  I’ve been sorting through some of my images to share with a potential client and began to notice the silhouette images in particular.  That’s all it took to decide that’s what I’d blog about today.

(c) Lynne Medsker

Silhouettes are a awesome way to convey mystery, emotion and mood in your photos. They often stand out because of the combination of simplicity and story telling.  They’re appealing because they don’t give the viewer a clear picture of everything but leave part of the image up to their imagination.

(c) Lynne Medsker

These images are all about contrast and are easier to capture during the early morning or late evening as the sun is on the horizon.  Any time there is an unlit subject in front of  a bright background you have the makings of a silhouette.

(c) Lynne Medsker
(c) Lynne Medsker

Start off with a strong subject with distinct outlines and be sure that your auto-flash is turned off. Setting your camera to the proper exposure for the light background will generally throw the foreground image into darkness, even blackness, although it may take a bit of tweeking to get it just right. Keep in mind that interesting weather and cloud formations can make for unique photo opportunities using silhouettes, too.

(c) Lynne Medsker

I hope these images inspire you to go out and try some silhouette photography yourself! And remember the most important rules of photography – keep shooting and HAVE FUN!



One thought on “Photo Talk: Silhouettes

  1. I needed to read that. Takes the mystery out of how to do it. I have no clue what I’m doing, and my Yashic has a small problem with it….or I do! lol I’d love to get a digital with which I could use filters. One day!

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