Here’s How You Can Take Stunning Silhouette Photos with Your Smartphone

Silhouettes make very interesting and creative photographs. As the the subject is hidden in the darkness, silhouettes allow you to create a sense of mystery in your photos. They also allow the viewer to fill in the blanks and create their own story behind the photograph. Now, with as we constantly carry cameras in our pockets, silhouettes are an amazing technique to capture moments around you. Also, as most smartphones are not great with low-light situations, silhouettes are a creative way to take interesting photos even in low-light. You can experiment with black and white or color exposures, depending on your taste. Let us ahre with you a few basics about taking silhouette photographs with a smartphone. Here’s How You Can Take Stunning Silhouette Photos with Your Smartphone. Check it out!

Basics

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Unlike human eyes, our cameras cannot easily recognize a person standing against the sunset sky. If the source of light is located behind your subject, it will stay in shadow and automatically turn into a silhouette when you take a photo. While shooting outdoors, wait for the sun to go relatively low above the horizon. Ideally, sunsets, sunrises and winter days at higher latitudes are perfect for capturing silhouette photos.

While most silhouette photos are taken outdoors, you can also capture unique silhouettes indoors by shooting against the source of light. For example, doors and windows work great for such photos as majority of light enters the room through a window or door.

Choosing Subjects

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While it’s easy to take silhouette photos, they won’t look good unless you find interesting subjects. Usually, people followed by birds, trees and human-made structures make for interesting silhouette subjects. For example, silhouette photos of people always leave you curious about the person in the silhouette .

While photographing a person’s silhouette, their facial expression don’t matter. As you only need to see their outline, learn to look at your subjects in terms of their outline. As you practice more subjects, you will notice even minor things can make a massive difference. If your subjects are moving, try taking photos in burst mode, so you can pick the exact right moment later.

Also, avoid overlapping subjects such as people standing in front of each other. Overlapping subjects form combined outline, which are confusing and usually don’t look good.

Set Exposure Manually

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If your subjects are relatively small, your smartphone will automatically set exposure for the largest parts of the photo and leave your silhouettes in the dark. But if your subject takes up a large part of the photo, you must set exposure manually by tapping on the brightest parts of the image outside your subject. Doing this will set exposure for that point and automatically turn your subject into a silhouette as long as the light is coming from behind.

Capture Movement

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Shooting silhouettes will allow you to use fast shutter speed. Use it to capture short and unique moments that would most likely get blurred in other conditions. Using burst mode is the perfect for capturing movement in your photos.

Use Low Angles

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Shooting from a low angle can greatly improve the surroundings of your silhouettes as it allows you to position your subjects against unique backgrounds. For example, when using the sky as the background, look for interesting patterns or formations in the clouds and juxtapose them with your silhouette to create a unique photos.

Hide the Sun

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While shooting against the sun, it might blow out [over-expose] large parts of your photos. Another such problem, can be lens flare. While lens flare can sometimes be used for a creative effect, always try to leave the sun out completely by hiding it directly behind your subject. Even while shooting indoors hide any harsh lights behind the subject.

If your subject is narrow, you’ll might also get interesting shadows coming towards you. Using a low-angle in such scene, will allow you to make these shadows look much larger. Not only such shadows look great, they also lead the viewer’s eye directly towards your subject.

Use Post-processing

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It’s a good idea to increase contrast to make the silhouettes stand out more. This can be done by using basic editing tools on most smartphones. If you are using filters, pick ones that don’t make the blacks softer or the highlights darker.

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