Shooting Against the Light: Playing with Silhouettes
Find a strong subject with a definite form to create stunning silhouettes against a bright colourful backdrop.
Silhouettes can lend mystery to a photograph. Since there is virtually no light on the main subject itself, a silhouette is transformed into a graphical shape and form. They look best when the background that is much brighter than the subject.
How to Achieve it
When the subject is situated against a bright background, the camera automatically renders it as a silhouette. You can make the silhouette darker by underexposing slightly. Silhouettes often work well in monochrome. You can also play with the White Balance settings of the camera to alter the colour of the background.
The Making of a Perfect Silhouette
Richly hued skies during dawn and dusk offer the perfect backdrop for silhouettes. Remember that a silhouette looks best when it does not merge with other subjects. It is important to keep the edges of your silhouette sharp. Hence, focus carefully.
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This article originally appeared in the March 2013 issue of Better Photography.Tags: Chandni Gajria, silhouette, dare to shoot against backlight, backlight shooting, shooting techni