January 28, 2005


This project's goal is to capture a silhouette - any kind will do. It can be a building, a person or any other object with a unique outline.

You want your subject to appear completely black in your photograph. For many digital cameras, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Their sophisticated metering systems do not want to let you take a photo like this one. Typically, the buildings would be properly exposed and the sky would be over-exposed.

Here a way to get around this: point your camera at the lightest part of the image (in the example above I pointed the camera at the clouds). Now hold down the shutter halfway. This will lock the exposure so that the light part of the image is properly exposed.

If the lightest part of the image is properly exposed, it makes any object in shadow appear completely black: and there's your silhouette.

Posted by Chris at January 28, 2005 01:01 PM

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