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Silhouette Saturday is here!

Every Saturday why don’t you try your hand at creating and posting a silhouette? 

I found that silhouettes are quite easy. Here are some steps. 

These are all straight out of the camera with no editing. 

#1 Sunset or Sunrise is a great time.

The best time to take a silhouette photo is sunrise or sunset. 

You have to have the sun behind the subject you want to photograph. 

I picked out two trees one in the front yard and one in the back. 

#2 Waiting

Wait until the colors start showing a deep color like here. Turn down the light meter in your camera or phone. Some may have a sunset setting. 

You will notice the subjects, which in this case will be trees will turn darker and the hues in the sky colors get more intense.

#3 Remember the rule of thirds..

I have the horizon line and the big tree lined up in an L shape. Still waiting for the colors to become more intense. 

#4 That pine tree…

The front. I wish there weren't houses, or I would of tried to get that whole tree. The colors are just now the right color for me to start clicking. 

#5 I got closer

I got closer to that pine and pointed the camera up. Then zoomed a tiny bit. 

This is the end result. Now to hurry up and go out back again for that Live Oak Tree on the horizon. 


I panned left to get the house out of the shot. You can still see its outline on the bottom right. 

#7 A glowing silhouette.

I could not get closer to the tree, so I zoomed in a bit, but not enough to make it blurry or fuzzy. I took about ten shots and show you the clearest. 

You can do this too. The camera does all the work for you! Have fun and start clicking! 

What do you think?

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Written by Kim_Johnson

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    • Thank you Queen. Me too. I remember the first silhouette I captured. I was trying to take pictures of my son and daughter in law at the beach with the sun behind them. I was upset because the subjects were black. Someone pointed out, hey those are great silhouettes. I was hooked.

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