(Last Updated On: December 4, 2021)
Silhouettes make some of the most beautiful pictures. They are great because they give the picture a sense of mystery and leave a part of the image up to the observer’s imagination.
In simplest terms, to take a silhouette photograph you need to put the subject that you want to be blacked out in front of a bright light source. Then you have to make sure your camera is taking the light reading and setting the exposure from the brightest part of your picture.
Take a look at the picture below. This picture was taken during sunset with a rock hill and a bird blackened out. Even though you cannot see details of the bird, you can still tell that it is a bird by the shape of the black area.
Steps to take for photographing silhouette photos
- Choose a subject that will stand out at your when blacked out. A strong, recognizable shape will make the silhouette more interesting.
- Turn off your camera’s flash. If you were to use a flash, it would defeat the purpose of a silhouette as it would light up your subject in the foreground, thus not blacking it out.
- Use a bright light source for the background. Sunsets and sunrises and great for silhouettes.
- Take your light reading. Remember to expose the picture from the lightest part of the picture.