To make a silhouette

I like silhouette images very much. They look bright and well represent objects with clear contours and interesting shape.

Silhouettes make the picture look more abstract. In case of shooting people, for ex. you can't identify who exactly is on the picture (and sometimes don't need a model release), but the meaning of the whole scene is absolutely clear.

Same happens when you shoot nature, still life and architecture (if it's not a famous landmark) silhouettes. They don't show a particular animal, plant or, let's say, a vase or church, but represent the whole class of such vases, churches, plants and animals.

To make a silhouette picture you need to have light behind the object. The explosure is set up by the lightest point which you still want to be clear and detailed. If in the end the silhouette is not dark enough Photoshop helps: putting down curves or increasing contrast make the contours clearer and remove useless details. Interesting background adds attractiveness to a picture.

© Tebnad
© Elwynn

Sometimes using colored filters makes sence.

© Rido
© Mkm3

Here is a collection of my favourite DT silhouette images:

Photo credits: 001001100dt, Ecophoto, Elwynn, Grant Terry, Julia161, Martyn V Egmond, Mac Miller, Rido, Jimmy Lopes, Tebnad.

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May 18, 2010


Really nice shoot,thanks for your good collection.

May 18, 2010


Thank you for the information! You have a wonderful portfolio!

May 18, 2010


great collection and nice tips!

May 17, 2010


Some useful hints here.
Yes one advantage of Sihoutte is that there is no need for model release.

May 17, 2010


Well done Yulia! Thanks for sharing :)

May 17, 2010


Very good thinking where model releases are difficult to obtain. David.

May 17, 2010


I enjoyed the Headphones on red ... great capture. Thanks for sharing

May 17, 2010


These are wonderful. Thank you

May 17, 2010


Wow! Silhouettes look great!

May 17, 2010


Nice images, I have also some silhouette images, I agree with you the silhouettes are very nice images

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