Picture Summer Day 26: Silhouettes of Summer
The bright summer sun can often throw off your camera’s light meter and give you a silhouette of your subject even when that’s not your intention. Today we will use backlight to intentionally throw our subjects into a silhouette.
Shoot directly into the sun and put your subject somewhere in between. With all the light in your frame, your camera settings (if put in any auto or partially auto mode) will stop down to avoid too much light in the frame. This is how you get your silhouette.
I will be so sad when this class is over! We had so much fun with this one. We have a huge boulder in our front yard and I waited until the sun was positioned in the sky just right for the kids to stand on top. They were role playing Harry Potter inspired but their new Harry Potter Lego game for the Nintendo ds. Of course, the older son had to jump down off the rock and hide each time a car passed by because he is way too mature for role playing, at least in public. I laid way down in the grass and found the greatest sun flare right between the knees. Camera settings ISO: 160, f22.0, lens 50.0mm. This photo was also inspired by the daily Shutter Sisters prompt.