Words & photos by Olympus Visionary, Mike Boening. (source: getolympus.com)
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Creating silhouettes in photography is a great way to explore the drama in your environment, wherever you are. The contrast and lack of detail in a subject creates a mystery for the viewer, which can be beautiful and mysterious. They are easy to make and fun to look for the next time you’re out with your camera.
The key technical parts of making a silhouette are all about backlighting. You want the background to be so bright that it overpowers the foreground and the side or shape of your subject. A great time to achieve this on the streets is when the sun is rising or setting because it’s the lowest in the sky at these points of the day. That will always help light your subject from behind. It’s not easy and you have to think about what you are seeing because it does differ from the type of photography you may normally be performing.
PRODUCTS USED FOR IMAGES IN THIS POST: (click below for more info on each product)
- M.ZUIKO 14-42 F3.5-5.6 EZ Lens
- Olympus TOUGH TG Camera
- Olympus PEN-F Mirrorless Camera
- Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mirrorless Camera
- M.ZUIKO 12-40mm F2.8 PRO Lens
- Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mirrorless Camera
- M.ZUIKO 17mm F1.8 Lens
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