Silhouette photography

posted on 28th of september, 2011

I always like photography with back lighting, Silhouette is one of the popular output of it.It mainly depends upon framing sense and a proper exposure control.Different type of human expression, dramatic act, activity, shape, structure, modern art can be easily depicted with a little extra better angle of view. In fact silhouette can used to portray the natural beauty like sunrise or sunset also.The main feature of this kind of photography is foreground should be much darker than the background and the light coming out from the background area is used as the light source of the photography.We can easily control the amount of light in the photograph by maintaining the f-stop (exposure control) or by shutter speed.It is better not to increase the ISO because it allows more noise since the sensor gets more sensitive and as a result, picture having the darker area will get more noisy decreasing the overall quality of the picture.The edge separation between the subject and the background should be quite visible to make the picture more appealing.This technique is widely applied in studio photography while shooting the portrait with a proper shadow effect using a back lighting setup.
One more thing, try to fully cover the actual light source by the subject as much as possible to prevent the overexposed area.
Here are some example of 'Silhouette Photography'..

Comments (10)

Posted by Anhong on October 22, 2011
Thanks to share! Beautiful silhouette image.
Posted by Pal1989 on October 22, 2011
Thank you every one :)
Posted by Dprogers on October 12, 2011

Good silhouette photography is nice to look at. Good selection of the work of Revoc, Darrengreen and Byheaven87. I probably like Revoc's the best, I would crop a tiny bit off the top if Darrengreen's and Byheaven87 is nice but I'd have probably preferred something other than a photographer :-) A couple of mine attached.


and on reflection I would probably crop the top off of the second one of mine too :-) Nice panorama format.
Posted by Vwimage on September 29, 2011
Great article & advice. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Laurasinelle on September 28, 2011
Very beautiful silhouettes!
Posted by Karenfoleyphotography on September 28, 2011
Very nice!
Posted by Egomezta on September 28, 2011
Thanks for sharing... Silhouttes are amazing, and beautiful.  Helping silhouette 
Posted by Marugod83 on September 28, 2011
thanks for sharing your experience!
Posted by Mariaam on September 28, 2011
Beautiful photos!
Posted by FabioConcetta on September 28, 2011
Nice silhouette, congratulations!

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