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Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs by Roberto Valenzuela

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8. Silhouettes

A SILHOUETTE is defined as an outline that is dark against a much brighter background. But I believe a silhouette is much more than that. To me, a silhouette is all about form and contrast. When a photographic message can be conveyed through form, a silhouette is second to none. Since you don’t have to worry about your subject’s expression, you can focus on creating great forms. Silhouettes are quite dramatic, and they leave questions unanswered and some aspects of the photo to the viewer’s imagination. Although it is a great photographic tool, I recommend using it sparingly.

Vital Components of Silhouettes

For a silhouette to be successful, the right elements must exist.

A Very Bright Background to Create Contrast

A bright background ...

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