As life, Photography is a constant learning. A photographer after “training his eye” needs to be aware of constant changes in technology and learn how to get the most from his working tool; the camera. Creating great images is not just a feeling or inspiration matter. You need to work hard, learn a lot about light behavior and its sources, and how to get the most out of a shot. I think that taking a photograph is just the beginning of the process; just the seed of an artwork. You can take a good shot but you need to get out the most of it. It doesn´t matter if you have a dark room or a Macbook pro, a hasselblad or a rebel xti, work your photos so they become outstanding.Take them to the limit. Remember, great artists work hard and love what they do, so that´s my advice, do what you love, love what you do and work hard.
Salvador San Vicente, photographer
Here are some advices from recognized photographers:
We usually refer to great photographers as “masters of light”. We can’t deny that’s a well won title but…what about painters? As a photographer I like to learn from the work of great painters. Beside perspective, composition and the use of colors,I’ve always been in love with the way they worked with light. Rembrandt, Vermeer, Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, Dalí. These are some masters I have learned from. Although this is mainly a photography blog, next posts are dedicated to Study the relation between photography and painting. I really hope you learn and enjoy. Salvador San Vicente.
“The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp”. This masterpiece by Rembrandt, was one of my first influences to become a photographer. As you can see lighting is perfect.
Silhouette photography requires that we use back lighting, that means a strong amount of light in the scene coming from behind the subject. It can be the sun light or an artificial light source.
There are 3 things you should consider to take silhouette shots:
1. First, focus the camera on the subject so its edges become crisp and defined.
2.Use a large aperture opening f11 or higher for the background to be in good focus too.
3. Meter the exposure for the background (the brightest part of the image) and completely underexpose the foreground subject. With your camera settings in manual mode focus the camera on the bright background and adjust the exposure for that lighting. Then focus the camera on your subject and check the meter to make sure that it is at least 2 stops underexposed.
One last tip from Darren Rowse editor of Digital Photography School:
“While a total silhouette with a nice crisp and black subject can be a powerful shot, also consider the partial silhouette where some detail of your subject is left. Sometimes a touch of light on them makes them slightly more three dimensional and ‘real’”