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Jayaprakash Ms

Shooting Silhouettes Against a Sunset Sky

What are the factors to be considered when photographing silhouetted subjects? Also, what will be the aperture and shutter speed?

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5/10/2006 1:47:51 AM

Brock E. Litton   All you have to do is get the composition that you want, spotmeter the color in the sky that you want to come out in your picture, use that exposure and, bingo, your subject will be a silhouette.

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5/10/2006 7:29:04 AM

Jayaprakash Ms   about meter reading inside camera

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5/11/2006 12:05:45 AM

Paul Tobeck
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/19/2005
  Most newer cameras have an AE lock button. Set up the picture the way you want, move your view to the sky, press and hold the AE lock, recompose and shoot. Or if you prefer, take a reading off the sky in auto, note the exposure and set the camera to those settings manually. You can then recompose and shoot the silhouette. This option allows you to adjust the darkness of the silhouette - i.e., close down a stop for a darker silhouette and a more dramatic sky, or open up a stop and bring in a few foreground details. It's always a good idea to bracket these shots at least a stop or two either way. You may get an unexpected result that you really like.

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5/11/2006 5:01:12 AM

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