Tips: Silhouette Style for Travel Photographs

Bored with monotone photos when traveling? Try silhouette style for your travel photographs. The trick is simple, just shoot from the opposite side of the light.

Usually the traveler utilizing sunset to obtain beautiful silhouette photos. Because the red colored sky make the photos more attractive and provocative. Not surprisingly, silhouette photos with sunset background are the most popular among so many silhouette photographs.

To produce an attractive silhouette and storytelling, there is a sort of ‘grip’ is commonly used. This grip would be violated, because the only common practice, not about right or wrong matter. Here are some tips to make a structured silhouette photographs.


1. Make sure the lighting condition is good enough.
Make sure the lighting conditions conducive. Most convenient time is when the sun located 45 degrees above the horizon line. At that moment, the sun is not too high so that the objects will be easier to be silhouette. This position sometime before 9:00 am and after 15:00 pm.

2. Keep the bright areas more of the dark
Try to keep the light area more than the dark area (silhouette). This is to keep the images remain dynamic and not monotonous.

3. Shadow silhouette needs a unique pattern
Wherever possible the dark shadows (silhouettes) have produced a unique pattern and not totally black. The silhouette will be more charming when there is also light in the middle and create their own stories. The simplest description of this thing is the silhouette of shadow puppet. Many photographers said, the best silhouette photographs is the silhouette of shadow puppet because its character is very strong and storytelling.

4. Try to make the silhouette as a foreground
The silhouette can be stand alone or to reinforce the story as foreground. Usually the foreground with the silhouettes to break the monotone traveling photographs. Thus, by increasing the foreground with silhouettes, photographs have more flavor and different.

5. Setting the camera as convenient as possible
Setting the camera cultivated as comfortable as possible, not always Manual Mode. ISO is usually in small numbers from ISO 100 to 400, depending on the level of existing light. While the aperture on the lens is not too wide, usually at level 8, 9, or 13 when needed. In some cases, light meters need to be lowered 1 to 2 stop when the light is bright and does not produce the maximum silhouette.