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Photography of Silhouette’s, Shadows and Reflections:

November 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Photography of Silhouette’s, Shadows and Reflections: Less may be more

  1. Back lite photos (light from behind the subject) present two choices: either fill flash to help light the subject create a silhouette.  By changing your camera settings in aperture priority to add Minus 1 ½ to Minus 2 exposure compensation, the subject will go nearly black. The silhouetted subject needs to be distinct enough on its own to be recognizable without the additional detail provided by lighting.
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  2. Shadows may create a more compelling photo than the subject itself. Line and pattern are key. Let your eye fill in the blank details. Less is more. Light ShadowsLight Shadows Musical ShadowMusical Shadow
  3. When shooting for shadows: remember soft diffused light close to the subject – such as a large umbrella or soft box or even clouds (relatively closer than the sun) will produce softer shadows. If the light source is distant and unmodified – i.e. direct- the light will be harsh and thus, will create sharp shadows. Know what you want to achieve and thus select the correct lighting. Pear on a Plate altPear on a Plate alt Pear on a platePear on a plate
  4. Reflections can include or exclude the object it is reflecting. Day or night, reflections can add an extra dimension or can even stand alone. Budapest at nightBudapest at nightNight lights and reflections under the bridge. 20100813_Nudes_25320100813_Nudes_253Female nude in a tidal pool with reflections. In color

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