Take quality silhouette photos

If you’re like me you keep your eyes open for just the right conditions to take photos of attractive silhouettes…sunset especially is my favorite. As much as I like silhouettes I’m reluctant to take silhouette photos unless the light looks just right to me. For example, here’s one I took of Lady Liberty on a New York harbor crossing recently.


The light was coming from the west, that was the direction I was facing, and the sun had dropped below the horizon. I could see the shadow on the water in front of the statue. I thought these were ideal conditions so I snapped away, but somehow I didn’t get quite the result I was hoping for. I expected there to be more distinction between the background sky and the statue. And since I don’t get out on New York harbor very often I won’t soon have another chance.

Given this result, I began looking online for help with silhouette photography and found this article with tips on how to give myself a good chance at getting a silhouette photo I will be satisfied with. The author is Marc Schenker and here are a few of his tips and examples of his work.

Mark Schenker suggests

  • Choose the Time of Day
  • Get Yourself into the Best Position for the Shot
  • Adjust Your Camera Settings Accordingly

And a few more thoughtful suggestions that I believe will help me the next time I want to take silhouette photos.

Here are two of his silhouettes.





See what Mark has to say about silhouette photography in this article: https://contrastly.com/learn-how-to-photograph-silhouettes-the-easy-way/

And he does make it sound easy. I’ll be using his tips in the future.



Author: dotphoto

Glenn Paul is President and Co-Founder of dotPhoto, which began life in 2000 as a photo printing service and now also distributes user-generated media in Flash, video and on cell phones.

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