Forums > Photography Talk > How to shoot silhouette. Please advise!!!

Photographer

Max Shafiq

Posts: 43

Tampa, Florida, US

Dear members,

I am trying to experiment with taking pictures with a high gloss plexiglass and bright (white) background with the model laying or sitting, but you only see her silhouette showing.

I would appreciate advice/diagrams/setup/equipment needed to achieve such a look. Any sample pics would be helpful.

Thanks

Max

May 10 12 06:40 am Link

Photographer

B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

Light on background, no light on model.





Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

May 10 12 06:45 am Link

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Fotografica Gregor

Posts: 4126

Alexandria, Virginia, US

Light the background  from behind the model - keep the light off of the model - and you have a silhouette -

however, I think that carefully rimlit silhouettes or feathered silhouettes against a dark background, which show a little detail of the model, are more interesting

May 10 12 06:45 am Link

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GER Photography

Posts: 8462

Imperial, California, US

You want to have the background fairly bright, spot meter on the background then recompose as necessary. You may then need to bump up the shutter speed to control any ambient light on your subject.

May 10 12 06:46 am Link

Photographer

Max Shafiq

Posts: 43

Tampa, Florida, US

So would I meter the model or the background?

May 10 12 06:47 am Link

Photographer

Max Shafiq

Posts: 43

Tampa, Florida, US

Would a single light suffice for the background? As for plexiglas just clear or opaque?

May 10 12 06:49 am Link

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B R U N E S C I

Posts: 25319

Bath, England, United Kingdom

B R U N E S C I wrote:
No light on model.

Max Shafiq Photography wrote:
So would I meter the model or the background?

Think about it just a little.




Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

May 10 12 06:49 am Link

Photographer

Max Shafiq

Posts: 43

Tampa, Florida, US

yes I am thinking...lol

My posts are posting out of sequence :-(

=B R U N E S C I] 

B R U N E S C I wrote:
No light on model.

Max Shafiq Photography wrote:
So would I meter the model or the background?

Think about it just a little.




Ciao
Stefano

www.stefanobrunesci.com

May 10 12 06:51 am Link

Retoucher

PixelNation Retouching

Posts: 73

Nashville, Tennessee, US

LOL....
I just finished a study of this very subject for a project that I am working on and the answers I got are the same as posted here...
Here are a few vid's you can review for more info/clarification

http://youtu.be/GFSUaDebQCA
http://youtu.be/vBJuDJ4kFJY
http://youtu.be/lvxtyDR62Vo
http://youtu.be/B1zooCyjvF4

USING PHOTOSHOP...
This technique is interesting and I am going to use it as well
http://youtu.be/z-d7ZYFK3Kk

May 10 12 07:53 am Link

Photographer

Creative Concept Studio

Posts: 2704

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Light the background
Flag the light away from the model
High F/Stop

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/6969872210_33302f6c64.jpg

Play with light to get effect you're looking for in the shot. Here I wanted the translucence of the umbrella to come through.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7074/6954019354_63543fa5fb.jpg

Here I let the light fall on the umbrella.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7112/6868042810_1a601654b2.jpg

Do you want a completely blown-out background or graduated for effect?
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6120/6374270251_dfd46d3dc3.jpg

May 10 12 08:05 am Link

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redbanana

Posts: 779

Lexington, Kentucky, US

Creative Concept Studio wrote:
Light the background
Flag the light away from the model
High F/Stop

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/6969872210_33302f6c64.jpg

Play with light to get effect you're looking for in the shot. Here I wanted the translucence of the umbrella to come through.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7074/6954019354_63543fa5fb.jpg

Here I let the light fall on the umbrella.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7112/6868042810_1a601654b2.jpg

Do you want a completely blown-out background or graduated for effect?
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6120/6374270251_dfd46d3dc3.jpg

some really nice silhouette's in there!

May 10 12 08:09 am Link

Photographer

Max Shafiq

Posts: 43

Tampa, Florida, US

Awesome...good info here....thx


WritingWithLight wrote:
LOL....
I just finished a study of this very subject for a project that I am working on and the answers I got are the same as posted here...
Here are a few vid's you can review for more info/clarification

http://youtu.be/GFSUaDebQCA
http://youtu.be/vBJuDJ4kFJY
http://youtu.be/lvxtyDR62Vo
http://youtu.be/B1zooCyjvF4

USING PHOTOSHOP...
This technique is interesting and I am going to use it as well
http://youtu.be/z-d7ZYFK3Kk

May 10 12 08:13 am Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 31871

Dearborn, Michigan, US

I posed the model in front of a window curtain and shut the flash off.

18+

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/12 … e99b0b.jpg

May 10 12 08:15 am Link

Photographer

Max Shafiq

Posts: 43

Tampa, Florida, US

These are great examples...

Although what I originally had in mind did not totally mask out the model...you could just make out her figure, but at the same time there is a reflection!


Great work.


Creative Concept Studio wrote:
Light the background
Flag the light away from the model
High F/Stop

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8160/6969872210_33302f6c64.jpg

Play with light to get effect you're looking for in the shot. Here I wanted the translucence of the umbrella to come through.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7074/6954019354_63543fa5fb.jpg

Here I let the light fall on the umbrella.
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7112/6868042810_1a601654b2.jpg

Do you want a completely blown-out background or graduated for effect?
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6120/6374270251_dfd46d3dc3.jpg

May 10 12 08:18 am Link

Photographer

Max Shafiq

Posts: 43

Tampa, Florida, US

This is the kind of silhouette I am looking for...not totally black. Now how do I add the reflection? Any examples??

Jerry Nemeth wrote:
I posed the model in front of a window curtain and shut the flash off.

18+

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/12 … e99b0b.jpg

May 10 12 08:31 am Link

Photographer

Jerry Nemeth

Posts: 31871

Dearborn, Michigan, US

Max Shafiq Photography wrote:
This is the kind of silhouette I am looking for...not totally black. Now how do I add the reflection? Any examples??


There were lamps on in the room besides the light from the window.

May 10 12 08:35 am Link

Photographer

KC King

Posts: 850

Brea, California, US

Just one 200 watt light behind the blinds.
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100807/06/4c5d5e04b68d7.jpg

May 10 12 08:37 am Link

Photographer

Max Shafiq

Posts: 43

Tampa, Florida, US

KC king - nice work!

May 10 12 08:47 am Link

Photographer

Tolga Cetin Photography

Posts: 14

New York, New York, US

heres my tutorial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTgbldfX7dg

and finished product:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7161/6850369085_1f2d610dfa.jpg
Sexy Silhouette in doorway by togish1, on Flickr

May 10 12 09:16 am Link

Photographer

BT Imagery

Posts: 1018

Cedar Falls, Iowa, US

B R U N E S C I wrote:
Light on background, no light on model.

^ is the answer.
< is the example.

May 10 12 09:53 am Link

Retoucher

PixelNation Retouching

Posts: 73

Nashville, Tennessee, US

Street Image Photos wrote:
heres my tutorial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTgbldfX7dg

and finished product:

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7161/6850369085_1f2d610dfa.jpg
Sexy Silhouette in doorway by togish1, on Flickr

VERY NICE WORK....
What did u do to get that light purple have effect?

May 10 12 12:56 pm Link

Photographer

Tolga Cetin Photography

Posts: 14

New York, New York, US

I shoot in tungsten and then add any color I want by changing hue and saturation in the PP.

May 10 12 01:56 pm Link

Photographer

KC King

Posts: 850

Brea, California, US

Thanks Max, but give all the credit to Sarah and my nephew Wes for making sure the set didn't fall apart... Ha ha ha
http://www.modelmayhem.com/900278

May 10 12 02:19 pm Link

Photographer

Creative Concept Studio

Posts: 2704

Fort Worth, Texas, US

Thanks Max and CJ

May 10 12 03:04 pm Link

Photographer

PANHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 1648

San Francisco, California, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080511/08/4826e82313fb4.jpg


Light white seamless with a broad light and 2 heads with barn doors so you have even exposure, Thats the most important part

May 10 12 03:16 pm Link

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PANHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY

Posts: 1648

San Francisco, California, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110716/01/4e214e68638ef.jpg
18+

May 10 12 03:21 pm Link

Photographer

Images by MR

Posts: 8857

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sunshine as background with zero light on model...

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111103/20/4eb362a15f73e_m.jpg

May 10 12 03:26 pm Link

Photographer

Creative Concept Studio

Posts: 2704

Fort Worth, Texas, US

I do like to find'em where they grow naturally too.

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4145/5089829664_3dba506e5a.jpg

May 10 12 03:37 pm Link

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Aaron Lewis Photography

Posts: 5216

Catskill, New York, US

Is this a real question?

May 10 12 06:00 pm Link

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Images by MR

Posts: 8857

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Aaron Lewis Photography wrote:
Is this a real question?

Can we see your silhouettes ?/

May 10 12 08:26 pm Link

Photographer

PTPhotoUT

Posts: 1961

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Sorry, Never done one.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090113/21/496d7944f27bc_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/091210/18/4b21b07e109c9_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/081030/13/4909f39fcd70b_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/111203/20/4edaf0613c35c_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090302/19/49aca644904e1_m.jpg




Or PM me.

May 10 12 08:31 pm Link

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GER Photography

Posts: 8462

Imperial, California, US

Creative Concept Studio wrote:
I do like to find'em where they grow naturally too.

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4145/5089829664_3dba506e5a.jpg

This is gorgeous!!!:-)

May 10 12 08:34 pm Link

Photographer

Z_Photo

Posts: 7071

Huntsville, Alabama, US

i wish i could answer this

May 10 12 08:46 pm Link

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sultanphotography

Posts: 852

Chicago, Illinois, US

PANHEAD PHOTOGRAPHY  wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/080511/08/4826e82313fb4.jpg


Light white seamless with a broad light and 2 heads with barn doors so you have even exposure, Thats the most important part

thats a great shot. do you have a description of your lighting for this one?

May 11 12 12:15 pm Link

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Creative Concept Studio

Posts: 2704

Fort Worth, Texas, US

George Ruge wrote:

This is gorgeous!!!:-)

Thank you sir.

May 11 12 12:28 pm Link

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ArtisticGlamour

Posts: 3846

Phoenix, Arizona, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120121/16/4f1b545f3869a.jpg
This was untouched (Jpeg) out of the camera (just cropped/resized).
f2-1/160-ISO100, zero flash.

Meter and set exposure for the brighter background.
Play with settings until you like it...I like a hint of detail/color.
Or, ETTLV. ("expose to the live view" that you like). wink

May 11 12 01:42 pm Link