In photography, a silhouette is defined as an outline that appears dark against a light background. More specifically, it is where the subject is seen as a black shape without detail against a brighter background.
A silhouette is achieved by photographing into the light – preferably with the subject directly in front of the light. Some of the best silhouette photographs are taken at sunrise or sunset, when the sun is just on the horizon – that is the moment when the sun causes the sky to be at its brightest, giving a greater contrast between the sky and the subject of the photograph.
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The technique is not easy, and there is a lot more involved than in my short explanation here. There is a selection of resources about taking silhouette photography included after the showcase.
So here is a selection of stunning silhouette photographs where the creative photographers got it absolutely right!
Silhouette Photography – Tips and Tricks
- How to Photograph Silhouettes in 8 Easy Steps
- Silhouette Photo Tips and Techniques
- How to Take Great Silhouette Photo Pictures
- 7 Tips for Photographing Silhouettes
- Digital Focus: Taking Silhouettes
- Video: Silhouettes for Beginning SLR Photographers
- Video: How to Set Up Silhouette Studio Lights
There is more involved in silhouette photography than may at first meet the eye, therefore, great shots of silhouettes are quite an achievement, requiring a creative eye, possibly a very early morning start and a lot of patience.
Have you taken a great silhouette photograph, or have you come across any that we have missed here? Please share your thoughts and links with us in the comments below.