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How to Photograph Silhouettes

Unread post by Yoda » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:24 am

Hi All,

What is the best way to take a silhouette?
(Shutter speed, F stop etc).


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Re: Silhouette

Unread post by DuQues » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:28 am

Most likely the lens has to be wide open to minimise the background.

The rest is up to the available light and or the speed of the subject.
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Re: Silhouette

Unread post by Switchback » Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:35 am

You basically have to expose your shot for the light behind your subject / animal, obviously with the source of light at the back of the animal / subject. In doing so you will have perfect exposure for the light source and completely under expose your animal, leaving your subject / animal very dark and the back light perfect behind it. A good tip is not to under expose your subject / animal completely, but to still give it some or a little detail.

So, your settings may very quite a bit depending on the ammount of light available, but basically your shot is under exposed. Hope it helps.
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Re: Silhouette

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:03 am

DuQues wrote:Most likely the lens has to be wide open to minimise the background.

You might want detail in the background (like a sunset etc)
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