Shadows and silhouettes


Sometimes the lack of something means the challenge becomes even more interesting. 

Lack of subject detail means you need to rely more on familiar shapes or postures.  It also means that you, the photographer, can have greater influence on your viewer perceptions because there is less information that needs to be controlled, consequently the information that is available can be managed and manipulated.


It is easy to take a decent silhouette photo. 

Either meter somewhere on the bright background and exposure the image normally, or meter on your primary subject and step down 1- 2 stops.  Make sure your subject is positioned such that key elements are in profile to the camera.


Just a touch of side lighting can help identify familiar elements.


Silhouettes do not need to be monochromatic.  A sunset can create a spectacular silhouette backdrop.