Sunsets Stream - Day 5 - Silhouettes :: Digital Photo Secrets

Sunsets Stream - Day 5 - Silhouettes

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Today's Topic: Silhouettes

Sunsets are made for silhouettes. There’s something magical about seeing an outline of a black object in front of a golden sunset. But there is a knack to capturing the right silhouette. That’s what we’ll cover today.

Main Article - Silhouettes (as focal points)

Extra reading (if you have more time):

Article - How To Take The Perfect Silhouette (Digital Photo Secrets)
Article - How to Create the Perfect Silhouette (Digital Photo Secrets)
Article - Simple Steps for Shooting Amazing Silhouettes (Photography Tuts +)
Article - Tips for Shooting Killer Silhouette Photos (Peta Pixel)
Article - How to Take Great Silhouette Photos With Your iPhone (iPhone Photography School)


Beginner Challenge

Silhouettes against the setting sun make dramatic pictures. Capture details in your foreground silhouette as you use the sunset to make a colorful blurred background. Follow the theme of crops and farming.

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Intermediate Challenge

A sunset reflected in a lake or a calm sea gives a warm and safe feel to the world. Oppose that feeling by showing the beginning of an adventure as a silhouette against the comfortable backdrop of the ending day.

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Advanced Challenge

Using a frame can add value to your shot and if you can use something natural it’s going to give you more choice with the shapes you’ve got to work with. Have a look around your yard or local park and frame your sunset with an interesting foliage silhouette.

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Photo Critiques

As part of the Dash, I'll be providing feedback on your photos by selecting three images per topic per stream and asking my pro photographers (who critique the images for Dash Assist) to provide some feedback. Over the entire Dash you'll see pro reviews of 24 photos. I'll be selecting some great images, and some not-so-great photos, so you can see why the great ones look great, and how to improve the rest.

How do you get YOUR image selected? Simply upload your image to Dash Insider and I'll see it when I'm selecting the images to critique.

What's Next?

I'll send your next topic "Sunset Phases" on 18 May.


Are you overwhelmed with all this new content I'm sending you? Don't be! You don't need to complete everything right away. To break things down into manageable chunks, I've written a checklist showing you what to do each day, and what you can skip.

General Information

For more general information about the Dash, see the Getting Started document.

Dash Insider

If you haven't done so already, I recommend you get involved with Dash Insider - our private community. See your email for the password to access this system, and I have created a few videos showing you how to login and navigate the site.

How to Upload Your Photo

See the third video on the Dash Insider Login Tutorials page for a rundown on how to upload.

Receiving A Great Critique

See the separate post on giving and receiving feedback for help on soliciting great feedback on your images.

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