Silhouette Photography<br />By Liisa Huotari<br />1<br />
2<br />What is a silhouette?<br />A silhouette is an object that is seen as an outline with no detail inside and is usually black in colour. This is caused by having your object (in this case, the trees) being backlit with a bright light, for example, the sun.<br />
3<br />What kind of lighting can I use?<br />When trying to find a light source, you must first decide whether you want the sky in the background of your photo to be a sunrise, afternoon, or sunset . Or if you do a photo inside, what you would like the background to be.Then as long as your object is right in front of the light source, you should get a silhouette effect.<br />
4<br />Why does my photo turn out so bright? <br />There are a few different reasons why your photo might not come out right:<br /><ul><li>The background around your object is too bright and reflecting the light onto the object, causing the objects detail to be seen.
You have more than one light source causing the object to be too well lit.
- Your object is not blocking your light source enough, such as this photo here. If the photographer had changed the angle and had the birds body blocking out the sun, not just the top of its head, they would have had a better silhouette.</li></li></ul><li>5<br />What kind of object should I choose?<br />You can use anything for an object! People, animals, nature, buildings. The only thing though is that object has to be able to be backlit. So choosing something like a fish, you could hold it up in front of the sun if it were dead, or you could go in the water, under the fish when it swims in front of the sun, take the photo. <br />The underwater object doesn’t always need to be in front of the sun though, because the sunlight fills all the water.<br />
6<br />One key characteristic of a silhouette is when the object gets what looks like a halo behind them, usually on things with hair, fur and other such things.<br />
7<br />This photo is taken in a rain water drainage pipe.<br />The man in the photo is holding a camera with a very bright flash, the flash is what causes the inside of the drain to be lit<br />Again, there is a “halo” around the object<br />