To make a silhouette

posted on 17th of may, 2010

I like silhouette images very much. They look bright and well represent objects with clear contours and interesting shape.

Silhouettes make the picture look more abstract. In case of shooting people, for ex. you can't identify who exactly is on the picture (and sometimes don't need a model release), but the meaning of the whole scene is absolutely clear.

Same happens when you shoot nature, still life and architecture (if it's not a famous landmark) silhouettes. They don't show a particular animal, plant or, let's say, a vase or church, but represent the whole class of such vases, churches, plants and animals.

To make a silhouette picture you need to have light behind the object. The explosure is set up by the lightest point which you still want to be clear and detailed. If in the end the silhouette is not dark enough Photoshop helps: putting down curves or increasing contrast make the contours clearer and remove useless details. Interesting background adds attractiveness to a picture.

Sometimes using colored filters makes sence.
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Here is a collection of my favourite DT silhouette images:

Comments (10)

Posted by Hustgh on May 18, 2010
Really nice shoot,thanks for your good collection.
Posted by Thanatonautii on May 18, 2010
Thank you for the information! You have a wonderful portfolio!
Posted by Yuritz on May 18, 2010
great collection and nice tips!
Posted by Joezachs on May 17, 2010
Some useful hints here.
Yes one advantage of Sihoutte is that there is no need for model release.
Posted by Mani33 on May 17, 2010
Well done Yulia! Thanks for sharing :)
Posted by Davidwatmough on May 17, 2010
Very good thinking where model releases are difficult to obtain. David.
Posted by Davulcu on May 17, 2010
I enjoyed the Headphones on red ... great capture. Thanks for sharing
Posted by Mstycoon on May 17, 2010
These are wonderful. Thank you
Posted by Mariaam on May 17, 2010
Wow! Silhouettes look great!
Posted by Egomezta on May 17, 2010
Nice images, I have also some silhouette images, I agree with you the silhouettes are very nice images

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