Silhouette is the #PetPhotographyChallenge for week seven. Bailie got the modeling job this week because our photographer likes her profile. This weeks challenge is technical since last week’s challenge was composition.
What is a silhouette?
It is the dark shape and/or outline of something visible against a lighter background. The way the subject is positioned will tell the story, as all expressions and textures are blacked out. The best time to get silhouette shot is around sunrise or sunset.
How do you take a silhouette photo?
- The right light is key – too early or too late can mean a poor background.
- Make sure the flash is off.
- A clear subject and uncluttered background makes for a crisper photo.
- It’s best if the subject is above you, forcing you to shoot the photo up towards the sky.
- Under expose the photo to get a darker subject.
- Maximize the Depth of Field to get a nice sharp foreground and background.
- Frame you shot correctly. My photographer was using the Rule of Thirds for our shot.
A fun outtake!
My photographer had a real tough time with this challenge. Not only was the technical side difficult, but with the broken ankle trying to find a good spot and be there at the right time was not easy. She played around with the settings and took a lot of photos before getting one she could finally use. To make the shot perfect, Bailie should be darker, but these were the best we could do. This outtake is one of our favs! Bailie is known to have a bad fur day pretty much every day, but she doesn’t care! We love the illuminated/glowing mohawk in this outtake! Isn’t it funny?