More Line, Shape and Form Images

Line – Changing your perspective will make a huge impact on how good your photos look

  • Standing on Chairs, sitting on floor,  will make a more creative looking photo
  • Perspective – How you shoot a scene determines what kind of story you want to tell and what kind of mood you want viewers to feel when they look at a photo. The power of perspective is beyond the consideration of your photography subjects; it is about the angle of your camera, your proximity to the subjects and what you include in the frame that plays an important role in your final image.


Because the camera is low, the composition is created because of the low perspective

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Here, we see the pictures of the sneakers in focus, with the shadow of the person behind it … makes a good looking photo (composition)

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When you’re feature hunting, you can go around and look for cool things to take pictures of at a later date – but try to keep your camera on you ..


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Silhouettes make for dramatic photographs, relying on shape and oftentimes vibrant, saturated color to tell a story. Photographers use the silhouette to convey drama, mystery or mood in an image, but you can also create silhouettes when shooting video. The subject of a silhouette can be people, animals or objects, identifiable by their outline or black shape against a colorful or well-lit background. The stronger the shape of the subject, the more successful the image will be. While a silhouetted subject can show some detail, the less detail visible will add more drama to the photograph.

The key to a successful silhouette is backlighting. To create a silhouette, place a subject against a background and expose for the background, leaving the subject in shadow. Sunsets are great for silhouettes, because of their vibrant colors. You can also create silhouettes indoors by making sure that there is more light on the background, which you’re exposing for, than on the subject. Another way to shoot silhouettes is in the studio. Set up lights to backlight a subject, against a white background, and add colored gels to the lights, for a fun look.

When photographing a silhouette of a person, have your subject wear tight clothes instead of loose fitting clothing and shoot them in profile. The profile of a person whether a full-length or close-up shot of their face, will be more recognizable than if they were facing the camera. This is because there will be little to no light on the subject so it is the shape of the person that will tell the viewer they’re looking at a person.


Expose for the background 

Whether the background is a colorful sunset, idyllic scene in a park, or stark white wall in a studio, you want to meter and correctly expose for the background, which will place your subject in shadow. Digital cameras make it easier to successfully shoot silhouettes because you can see on the LCD exactly how the image looks, and adjust your exposure accordingly.

If your camera has Active D-Lighting, make sure to turn it OFF because Active D-Lighting will try to force the camera to correctly expose for the subject that is in shadow. You can also use Exposure Bracketing to shoot a series of shots with varied exposures, and pick the best one.


Where to place the focus 

The ideal spot to focus on is the subject, however since the subject of a silhouette is in little to no light, the camera may have difficulty locking on the focus. In this case, manually focus the camera on your subject. You can also try to focus on the edge of the subject, where there will be more of a contrast difference (between the darkened subject and the brighter background).

Use as small an aperture as possible, which will help ensure your subject is sharp.

You can also choose to further tweak the photo in software later, adding more contrast to make the silhouette seem more dramatic than it may have been while you were shooting.


5 Tips to remember: 

  • Pick a strong subject, with an interesting shape for a silhouette.
  • Meter and expose for the background, leaving the subject in shadow.
  • Focus manually or focus on the edge of the subject where the contrast between subject and background is greatest. Use a small aperture when possible for greater depth of field.
  • If your camera has Active D-Lighting, make sure it is turned OFF.
  • When photographing a silhouette of a person, position them in profile.

Shape – Flat lighting – the shapes and items in the picture are the important aspects. There should be no shadows or lighting providing dimension to the photo.


Form – continued – Reflection provides nice photos of Form – Architecture elements, etc.



Due next Week

6 – Line 

– Shape

6 – Form