The brilliant colors or sharp contrasts of bright and darks can make for some very interesting photographs. People, animals and objects can all cast some amazing shadows and these shadows can make for nice pictures. Look for strong, simple shadows to complement your composition
Different directions of the light can make for different effects. Front lighting can lend itself to capturing pictures of your shadow (may or may not be wanted), backlighting brings the shadow towards the camera (Silhouettes the subject), side lighting lends itself to pushing the shadow across the image. And, in sunlight, the same image can change drastically with the time of day and season of the year. (some of you did really well with this in assignment 3 without considering it.)
(Trying to jump on a shadow, think of what could have been if I’d have framed it better to get more shadows)
Try not to let the shadow overwhelm the photograph. You really need the contrast between a shadow and something tangible to make the photo.
What is a silhouette photograph? A Silhouette photo can be defined as “an outline that appears dark against a light background”. These photos can be very emotional or can transform a ‘normal’ picture into one that elicits a different emotion than it would under a normal exposure. Your subject is often seen as a dark/black figure (not a lot of detail, shadowlike) against a lighter background. This can be done with many light sources, but the sun (often at sunrise or sunset) is used most for this effect.
This is where you will find less science and more art in your photos, experiment with everything, change up the aperture and shutter speed, try to get more contrast. If you are using a point and shoot you may have better luck by focusing on the light source, otherwise, your camera may try to compensate for the dark subject.
We see reflections almost daily but rarely give them a second thought as to incorporating them into our photographs. If you are using a polarizing filter on your lens, you will find it easier to capture reflections if that filter is removed.
Reflections can be found in water (large or small bodies), buildings, sunglasses/glasses, mirrors, paint jobs on cars. When you look, you’ll find more than you could imagine and wonder why you never considered them.
(Could’ve been better if I’d have captured the entire reflection)
(Photo used by permission of Mark Brendemuehl, Avery Pro Staff)
This assignment is to encourage you to go out on a limb, just to make you think about ‘different’ subjects and add depth to a picture, capture something unique. Submit one photograph of a Shadow, silhouette or reflection. Pick one. Don’t try to get all 3 in one image.
(One that gerst001 posted last week)
Don’t get discouraged; work on putting it all together, if it was easy, everyone would do it.
georgie, you can shoot shadows or silhouettes, shoot them inside the house, use a flash if you must. But you could create a nice silhouette with a dog peering out the window, you'd have the outside light behind them making them appear in silhouette. I know you can do this one and you can even stay warm doing it
You could also place a mirror on the floor and get a shot of your dog peering down into the mirror, getting the reflection in the mirror