Are you a fan of silhouette photography? I am. Wikipedia defines silhouette as:
An image of a person, an object or scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black.
Table of Contents:
- 55 Examples of Silhouette Photography
- Important Photography Guidelines Designers Don’t Care About But Should
- Pinterest for Photographers: Increase Your Photographer’s Mojo
- Using Adobe Lightroom to Produce Amazing Photos
55 Examples of Silhouette Photography
I find them amazing for just the background. However the subject gives a creative feeling of drama, emotion and mystery. And to inspire you with these silhouette photos, I have rounded up here 55 beautiful silhouette photos you can find on Deviantart. Have fun!
1. Silhouette Camouflage by: vjun
2. Silhouette by: Zee-Wylde
3. Silhouette of Love by: ando-san
4. Sunset Silhouette by: asininechani
5. Silhouette by: TchaikovskyCF
6. Under the Silhouette by: bkm
7. Silhouette by: KmFiske13
8. Silhouette of a Horse by: attlid
9. Silhouette by: AliceFoxxx
10.Silhouette by: Damascena
12.Silhouette by: JumpyMonky
13.Silhouette by: Cogito-Ergo-Doleo
14. Method Silhouette by: jahno-pictures
15. Silhouette by: Adynamia
16. Silhouette by: carolynbkh
17. Silhouette by: kalaspuff
18. Silhouette by: IndianRain
19. Witch Silhouette by: primalx
20. Sunset Silhouette by: andrewapuya
22. 1st Silhouette Practice by: emman03
23. Silhouette by: 7LM
26. Summer’s Silhouette by: TheAcolyte
27. Sunset Silhouette by: matinee
28. Photographer Silhouette by: iky22
29. Sunset Silhouette by: chik1117
30. On A Silhouette Day II by: Aurrum
31. Silhouette by: iPingu
32. Silhouette by: RauchBleich
33. Dancing Silhouette by: leelloor
34. Dancing Silhouette by: Hawke9387
35. Silhouette by: Glambition
36. Silhouette by: tasharose
37. Silhouette by: m3tzgore
38. Silhouette by: nikolinelr
39. Silhouette by: marcoTJ
40. Silhouette by: EpicNeutral
41. Scaffolding Silhouette by: Ryser915
42. Jessica’s Silhouette by: HowNowVihao
43. A Silhouette by: nickeeer
44. Silhouette by: v3terinarius
45. Silhouette by: oZM1N
46. Silhouette by: ol1nk
47. Silhouette by: pink-and-overrated
48. Silhouette Cycle by: indie-cisive
49. Silhouette by: barns
50. –silhouette-– by: D—N—Y
51. Silhouette by: chuscli
52. Silhouette by: gocer-art
53. Silhouette by: CKing
54. Silhouette by: theendlessphoto
55. Silhouette by: slumberingxheart
Did you enjoy in browsing on these beautiful silhouette photos? Before you leave, I will be giving you simple tips to capture good silhouette photos.
Tips: How To Capture Good Silhouette Photos
Choose a good subject that you want to be blacked out or in silhouette. Make sure the subject that you choose should have a strong and clear outline.
Make sure the background you choose is brighter than the subject itself. And if possible, no light should fall on your subject or a little light may do.
Get your light right by putting it at back of your subject. For instance your source of light is the sun, make sure it is behind your chosen subject. Notice on the round ups above, the light source are behind each subject.
Right exposure is equal to good silhouette picture. If you are in doubt with the exposure, adjust the exposure of the camera you are using. Shooting in different angles will also help in getting the right exposure.
Keep your photos as simple as possible. Put your subject where it will stand out from the rest of the objects on the background. If you are shooting a person or a group of people, it can help if they will pose in a position that the whole outline of the body will be captured well in details.
Now let’s go a little bit more in depth within photography. Interested? Alright, let’s roll!
Important Photography Guidelines Designers Don’t Care About But Should
You may think that photography is just for people with cameras, that it has nothing to do with web design at all. At times, you heavily rely on illustrations, or, if needed, run to the caring shoulders of stock photos. But I’m telling you right now, photography and web design are closely related. In fact, most web designers ignore the fact that they need photography to make their work look better.
Many web designers are oblivious of the truth that some websites look better with photographs rather than illustrations.
Why would I want to care about this?
Knowing the difference between good and bad photography will help you make your design more appealing. Think of this: you are designing a website, some photos were given to you to choose from so you can attach one of them as a header image.
Because you just don’t care about photography guidelines, you just choose that poorly-shot photo out of the blue. The result? A poorly designed website.
Of course, you would want to make your design better. To do so, you have to be capable of identifying which photo should be used and which one is not going to make the cut.
Let me just remind you that these are guidelines. Some of them may contradict each other. The best thing to do here is to understand each guideline and see how each works with the others.
Rule of Thirds
The Rule of Thirds is one of the most recognized photography guidelines. According to the rule, an image is basically divided into nine equal segments running through two vertical and two horizontal lines. The most important elements should be placed along those lines or where points intersect.
Have you ever wondered why your Instagram camera feature has grids? Those are for you to place your elements using the Rule of Thirds.
Applying this rule can make a pleasant looking and balanced image composition.
Here are a few other things you need to know:
- You can place the subject in the left or right. Centering the subject isn’t always beautiful.
- The subject doesn’t necessarily have to be in the guidelines. You still need to creatively place it, like placing great elements in a web design.
In this photograph, noticed how the subject falls on the imaginary grid:
The subject is placed on the right side of the image, just slightly nudged from the right grid. This becomes really effective because the subject becomes more emphasized, thus adding emotion to the photograph.
Horizon Line Placement
Horizons are great elements in landscape images. They beautify the composition because they tend to suggest distance and the fact that this can be a good background element. However, despite this, placing a great horizon line is often mislooked.
Most photographers place their horizon lines above or below the center point of a frame but never directly in the center. This is to properly emphasize the presence of the horizon. The only exception with this, perhaps, is when you shoot for reflections, which need to have equal elements at the top or bottom.
A good photographer knows where to place the horizon and use it to imply distance and perspective. It should also be straight. Askewed horizons are often ineffective because they suggest chaos within the image and bad perspective.
A leading line is an element in the photograph that draws your eyes deeper into the image, and most often, the subject itself. Leading lines are like imaginary sign boards that direct you by saying, “The subject is this way”. They lead you to a specific region in the photo that cannot be easily noticed.
Symmetry refers to the equality of both sides of the image. Basically it’s saying what’s on the left is on the right as well. It means that there is balance on both sides, leading to powerful results.
Symmetry is one great way to break the Rule of Thirds because you don’t have to reason out why an image is on the center and does not run on the imaginary grid lines.
The example above shows a great use of symmetry. As you can see, the main subject of the image, which is the door, is not placed on either sides of the photograph. Instead, it’s placed on the center, a position which the Rule of Thirds doesn’t identify as powerful. However, despite being on the center the subject, the door turns to be really powerful because it is symmetrical.
If in the Rule of Thirds, we began to ask, “Where our subject is?” In this particular guideline, we ask, “Where are we?”
When taking photos, you need to take note where the image would look better. Will it become more dramatic when shot afar? When you’re above it, or on it? Will it look great if you will shoot it like how a bird sees the prey? Or how a worm looks up the sky?
Here are a few viewpoints to choose from:
High Angle Shots – shots taken above the eye-line. It’s like the camera looks down on the subject. High-angle shots make the subject look powerless and vulnerable.
Worm’s-eye View – are shots taken from below the subject but not on an angle where the camera is directly below the subject. Usually, in this shot, the subject has a vanishing point.
Low Angle Shots – shots taken below the eye-line. It’s like the camera is looking up at the subject. This shot makes the subject look powerful and mighty.
Bird’s-eye View – are shots taken from above the subject but not on an angle where the camera is directly above the subject. Usually, this shot is angled 40 degrees.
Notice the difference of this image from the high-angle shot. In the high angle shot, the camera appears to be directly above the subject. Also, the subject occupies a small space in the photography. On the other hand, this angle is taken on a higher ground but stands in a slightly tilted angle.
Point of View Shot – are shots taken on the eye-level. It’s like the camera is a person who is looking on the subjects.
Background is one of the most rudimentary guidelines newbie photographers break. Remember that the background is as important as the subject.
Sometimes, backgrounds break the beauty of the photographs just because it isn’t too blurred. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- When the background is full of distracting elements, widen the aperture and blur them.
- You can also change the angle or viewpoint if you don’t want a subject that stands out too much.
You can put frames within your photos by using trees, archways and holes to isolate the subject from the other parts of the image. This will make the viewer focus more on the subject. The frame helps emphasize that the isolated one is always the subject.
Other things You can use as natural frames:
Photography is also an interesting hobby to start on. Learning photography while you are designing websites can really help you improve your designs. Understanding these important guidelines is the first step.
Try shooting photos using your phone’s camera and apply these guidelines. How well do they look? Let us see.
Now that we are a little bit more into photography. Let’s take a look at some aspect of Pinterest, that could help Photographers.
Pinterest for Photographers: Increase Your Photographer’s Mojo
Do you know what Pinterest really is? Pinterest is the most rapidly growing social media network. Since March 2010 when its beta version was launched Pinterest has grown to approximately 12 million users. Pinterest is a fantastic, super innovative, and fascinating place to have fun and to find something new. It’s a place where you can lose your mind for hours.
A year ago few people knew about this social network and probably even less of them thought that Pinterest was on the edge of great success. Now millions of people upload, save, comment, vote and repin photos, images and videos every day. And those particular users do business and earn real money on the basis of Pinterest. Photographers can do it even easier than other freelancers because they own the most powerful Pinterest tool: photos.
So if you’re a photographer who’s thinking about creating an account on Pinterest or an ordinary photography geek with a great passion to share your experience with the whole world, then welcome here! We’ll try to tell you some secret tips on how a photographer can gain a success on Pinterest. So let’s start with defining the reason why people use this social network.
Why do People use Pinterest?
Instead of Facebook – the most popular social network which is aimed at communication and sharing your own content – Pinterest was created to help people discover new inspirational things. So everything people want to find out on Pinterest is entertainment. Common people are not interested in doing business on Pinterest or stealing your photos (they don’t even mind it), they just want to have some fun.
How to Make Your Photos Stand Out on Pinterest
If you decided to start promoting your photos on Pinterest then you probably need some tips because this social network is quite new and we know little about it. Here are several tips which I read about on the web and some I know from experience.
- Try to pin photos that are as close to 554px wide as possible. Smaller pics won’t probably be pinned at all and wider ones will be resized (this can cause a quality loss).
- Be careful when cropping and resizing photos. Visual attractiveness is a key point on Pinterest and it’s very important to show people the best photos you can.
- When pinning photos, make sure that all photographed objects are easy to discern. When you enter Pinterest you browse through small preview images which should pique your interest (at least pinners aspire to it), but most photos stay unnoticed because of a bad thumbnail.
- Don’t pin stuff from your site only. Remember that on Pinterest people are looking for various materials and your promotional boards can irritate them. Mix your content with that which you find on the web.
- When repinning photos taken by other photographers don’t crop watermarks even if it can improve their look! A watermark means that the person does care about his/her author rights, so don’t break them.
- Upload your own photos and repin existing ones. It will allow you to look like an interesting and worth being followed user.
- Take care about keywords because Pinterest pages are well indexed by search engines. There is little text on Pinterest pages, so you have to optimize them with proper keywords. Pay attention to filenames of photos you upload. (FV000256.jpg is a bad filename for both people and search engines; you should use several keywords to describe pics), images descriptions (up to 500 symbols), boards’ titles and descriptions (create several different boards with targeted names like “Still life photography by New York photographers”).
- Like, comment and repin photos of other people, so that they get to know about your existence.
- Follow the leaders of your niche, people whose photos inspire you and common people who appreciate your photography (if you follow someone it means that you follow all his/her boards). Don’t be too haughty and unattainable.
- Add the “Pin it” button to your website and/or blog.
Ok, now you know almost everything about what Pinterest for photographers can bring, but in case you think that it’s not worth trying Pinterest, and if you don’t want people pinning your work, you still have control over it by just following some easy steps.
How to Block Pinterest
Pinterest is a great social network for everybody who works with graphics. It can bring additional traffic to your site, but it can also hurt your author rights (at least many people are concerned about it). So if you’re going to block Pinterest from bookmarking photos from your site you can do it in two ways:
If you want to save all your photos and website pages from being pinned on Pinterest you can use the following code:
<meta name=”pinterest” content=”nopin” />
Just paste it into your website’s header file and it’ll disable pinning from your website.
If you want to block Pinterest on selected WordPress website pages or posts then you should use Pinterest Block plugin. Thus you’ll be able to choose which stuff to protect from being pinned and which not.
10 Photographers to Follow – Pinterest for Photographers:
Here are some photography-related accounts on Pinterest. They can be a good inspiration for you or teach you how to take photos and to pose in front of a camera.
- Jamie Swanson – Jamie is a wedding photographer with a good collection of posing guides for couples, parents, children, etc.
- Photoshop Tips – Probably there’s no need to explain what Photoshop is :). By the way, this account is not run by Photoshop but by Virtual Photography Studio that knows a thing or two about photography.
- Klaus Herrmann – This photographer created different boards for photos of different colors. The idea is simple, but at the same time it’s very impressive and inspiring.
- Jim Harmer – This photographer presents really nice photography tips and ideas. He runs a photo blog, where he shares many interesting things, including tips and tricks.
- Kari Pryplesh – This user has many boards of different subjects. But starting from the second line of boards there are amazing photo ideas which you can try yourself.
- Zach Prez – It’s a strange thing, Zach has only 3 boards with 156 pins, but the Pinterest community is crazy about him. This guy knows a secret about Pinterest.
- Scott Kivowitz – This New Jersey photographer doesn’t have as many followers as previous pinners, but his photography stuff is precious.
- Jodi Friedman – Don’t know how to edit your photos? Here you’ll find many creative photo ideas and tutorials.
- Tray Ratcliff – This account is run by a travel photographer. His photos from all around the world are fantastic. And you can hardly find something more inspiring than his Pinterest profile.
- Photodoto – This young account belongs to a photo blog with a long publishing history. Thus, you’ll find some interesting stuff there.
Now it seems that everything has been said and everybody’s pleased: me, because I’ve shared my experience with you, and you, because you’ve gotten to know something useful from the post (at least I’d like to think so :) ). Now I wish you happy pinning!
The next section will be about Adobe Lightroom and how you can use it to produce stunning photos.
Using Adobe Lightroom to Produce Amazing Photos for Your Website
It may seem unimportant, but for a web designer, the ability to produce good-looking photos using Adobe Lightroom is an edge, particularly in attracting more clients. With the sudden influx of high-resolution and cheaper Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras, photos are now becoming must-haves for websites.
Even though it is not a requirement for a website to have photos, still, some clients prefer them over graphics as they show the real world. They portray an action as it happens. They give a vivid and realistic feel to the site. Photos make their company, product or service more salable. Of course, sometimes this calls for the web designer to edit the photos since most clients want one-man designing machines.
With that being said, it is very important for designers to have at least some basic knowledge of photo editing tools. They should have know-how on the basic orientation on curves, levels, hues, saturation and other photography jargon. These are commonly found in our favorite software, Photoshop. With Photoshop, you can adjust the colors of the image to achieve the needed results. You need to tinker on the color sliders to be able to produce professional looking photos.
However, studying this will take a great deal of time, not to mention the headaches of having to bridge the gap of web designing and photography. It will also eat up most of those spare time since you have to closely look at images and try and fail and try again to achieve the desired color of the photo. And this will be very difficult.
But what if I tell you that you have a choice. What if I tell you that you can work around this predicament? That you can produce professional looking photos without even learning some confusing jargon? Well, for that matter, let’s thank Adobe for their Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Software.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a photography software released by Adobe Systems aimed at photographers who have tasks in editing and managing their photos in large or individual quantities. It’s more of a hybrid between Adobe Bridge (which is used as a file explorer) and Photoshop (which is used as an editing platform). Because of Lightroom, photographers, both amateur and professionals, can now develop their photos in the most artistic way possible.
Lightroom is preferred by photographers because it is a powerful tool in managing a considerable amount of image and RAW files. The software is also able to edit the photos in a non-destructive manner, meaning, the metadata and any pixel for that matter is lost in the process. Lightroom is also easy to use because there are presets that could be saved, thus, fully maximizing its use.
If you want more reasons to use Lightroom, you may want to read the 21 Reasons Why You Should Use Lightroom.
How to Download and Install?
Download Lightroom from Adobe’s website (This is a trial version. You have to buy the software if you want to use it permanently).
After downloading, open the installer. You will be asked to choose the language you prefer. For this, I chose the English language.
Now, wait for the installer wizard to begin the installation.
Lightroom is very easy to use. One of the reasons why I am personally using this software to color-edit my photos is its user interface. Lightroom presents a very simple and what-you-see-is-what-you-get interface. All of the basic things you need is already in it! No need to look for functions that are in the menu bar or elsewhere.
The first thing you want to learn about Lightroom is how to import photos. It is a pre-requisite for any Lightroom project to import the things you need to work on. Else, you will just lay there, thinking what you should do. You may import photos by clicking the import photo at the bottom left part of your screen or Ctrl+Shift+I (Cmd+Shift+I for Mac).
Second, what’s good about Lightroom is its Quick Develop function. Using this function, you can process a large amount of photos at one click. So you can adjust the colors, crop them in one click. This is good for people who have a lot to edit but have less time.
Another good thing about the software is it has a lot of downloadable presets. These presets are one-click solutions to your photo needs. Just look for presets, download, install and use them on the photos you import and in seconds, you will be amazed at how your seemingly ugly shots magically turn into professional looking ones.
Installing the presets into Lightroom is very easy. In fact, it’s probably the easiest plugin to install. This just proves that the software is designed to help the designer be quick in editing his photos.
The first thing to do is to find presets, of course. Now, there are a lot of presets available for download. They vary in the effects. Some add color to certain channels in the photo, some turn them into amazingly colored black and white while other enhance the sharpness of the image. You would try to consider the following websites:
Or, for starters, these particular presets are much recommended:
Photo by Vipul Kapadia
Photo by Pierre
Photo by Pierre
Photo by Pierre
Photo by LightroomLibrary
Photo by Pierre
Photo by Pierre
Photo by Pierre
Photo by Pierre
Photo by Pierre
Photo by Pierre
Photo by Albert
Photo by presetpond
Photo by presetpond
Photo by presetpond
Photo by Del-Rae
After locating the desired presets, you need to download them. They will come to you via .zip folders (in some cases, .rar). You need to extract or unzip all of the presets you need to install in one folder so that you won’t have a hard time looking for them later.
After doing so, go to the folder where you extracted the presets. By default, there are no programs that can read them. So what you need to do is to open a preset first by clicking it. You will be prompted either to look for Internet programs that could read the file or to open it via some existing software. Click the latter. A window will open asking you to select programs. If Lightroom is not there, you need to browse for it.
By this time, Lightroom will open. It will ask you to confirm the installation of a new preset. Click yes and you’re done!
With these presets, you could start on producing quality looking photos. Yes, it might seem a little bit off-track for a web designer to learn this. But keep in mind, technology is fast-changing. One day, you’ll just be surprised that the newest trend is having coolly edited photos on the website. And you, as a designer, follows. Also, there’s nothing to lose in learning this. In fact, you’ll gain from it. Think of it this way. Probably three quarters of all designers in the world can’t edit their own photos. They tend to outsource and pay a few bucks just to get this done. And here you are, attracting more clients with your unique skill.
Isn’t that better? I think it is. For, before we know it, the world is dominated by Light, and here we are, too scared or too bored to try, and left dissatisfied in the dark.
Here are some of the outputs I’ve done with Lightroom: