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G .G. Leger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/14/2005
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Photographing Silhouettes


I just wanted some advice on taking sunsets and sunrises with digital cameras. Is it true you should take these shots a little higher or lower from the sun or slightly to the side? And should your flash be on? I really want to get better at these shots. And if you are using a subject in this shot, what is the best angle? Off to the side some?


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10/21/2005 12:27:26 PM

 
Justin B. Renshaw
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/27/2005
  If you want a silhouette, don't use flash and allow the camera to meter for the background/sunlight. If you want detail in your subject, use flash.


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10/21/2005 1:11:34 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
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  Follow Justin's advice with these parameters in mind:

-Don't include the sun in the frame when metering.

-Meter off a blue portion of the sky.

-Watch for lens flare if you re-compose to include the sun in the same frame with your silhouettes.


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10/21/2005 3:06:49 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  Welcome G.G.,
By subject, do you mean a person, tree, mountain? All? There's a rule of thirds, but it doesn't always apply. If you want some ideas, you can walk through my gallery for free. You don't have to include the sun for good sunset pics or silhouettes.
hth, sam


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10/22/2005 11:16:06 AM

 
G .G. Leger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/14/2005
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  Thanks so much all of you, I am going to take your advice and try it out.
I have only been taking pictures for a bout a year now, and I have soooo much to learn. Have a Blessed Day!! G.G.


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10/22/2005 1:09:51 PM

 
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