In my previous blogs about Catchlights, depth of field and Fill the Frame, I discussed techniques that create photos that help the viewer focus on your subject and direct their attention to the details of your subject, usually the dog's face or eyes. In this week's blog I am showcasing silhouette photos, where there is entirely a lack of detail in your subject, where your subject is rendered into a black mass that shows your subject in outline only; a representation of the dog. While none of the details of the dog are visible, the outline of the animal is fully present, usually against a gorgeous backdrop like a sunrise or sunset.
Typically silhouette images are taken late or early in the day, but it's not a requirement. These times of the day will give you some colorful skies, but a silhouette can be against any bright background. To get a full silhouette where the dogs head, and legs stand out against the background, you should position the animal high enough that their entire body is visible in front of a open sky. This may mean positioning them on a hill or a rock. You as the photographer may need to get low to the ground to achieve this.
You also want to have a side view of your subject so you can easily recognize the dog's features. If they are facing into your or away from you, the animal will not be recognizable as a dog since his features won't be discernible.
Here are some examples.
To see what other pet photographers have written about silhouettes, head on over to see the post from photographer Cahlean Klenke of About a Dog Photography (servicing St Cloud, St Paul, Minneapolis and Central Minnesota)
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I love each one of these! What gorgeous photos!
These are gorgeous!!! I especially love the last one with the water!
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