It's Week #34: Silhouette

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It’s time for silhouette week! This great lighting method is always a crowd-pleaser, and it’s a lot of fun to go out and capture.

Keep in mind that a silhouette is NOT the same as a shadow! According to Wikipedia, a silhouette is an image that is represented by a solid shape of a single color, its edging matching the outlines of the subject. In photographic terms, it’s when a subject is completely “blacked out” by a brighter light source behind it. Apparently the French call this method “Contre-jour,” which sounds all fancy, so I think we’ll call it that from now on. Remember, the method is simple: “shoot against the light.” In other words, the source of light (the sun, the moon, a lamp) should be behind the subject you are photographing

 Tips and Tuts for this week:

  •  Check out this handy beginners Guide to Shooting Silhouettes for SLR cameras. It’s got some great camera techniques in there!
  • Shooting with a phone? We’ve got you! Check out this tutorial on how to take a silhouette photo with your cell phone camera
  • If you are using the sun as your light source, the best time to shoot a silhouette is when the sun is low in the sky, either rising or setting. Check out your local sunrise/sunset times here
  • For those who use Lightroom (or want to start), here is a guide on retouching your silhouette photos in Lightroom
Looking for more inspiration? Check out our previous Silhouette albums from 2012, 2013, 2014, and2015! Yeah, we kinda like this challenge. And of course, The Googles! Oh you sweet Googles.


Extra Credit: Manual Focus

For some extra credit joojoo, set your camera’s focus to manual! That’s right, your camera won’t be doing this work for you. Done correctly, manual focusing can be even quicker that auto focusing. Check out these tips on how to take great photographs using manual focus.

Check out the Googles for some more inspiration. 

Remember, it is not necessary to keep this Extra Credit challenge in mind while shooting. It’s extra credit!

*Please note!! You can only submit ONE photo per week, for the week’s challenge. This photo can include the “Extra Credit” part of the challenge, or the “regular” challenge, but you can never submit more than one photo!

Past Challenges - 2015