Silhouette Photography make really for really bold images by utilizing high contrast and recognizable forms. By focusing on simplicity of forms you can take away a lot of clutter that often gets in the way of new photographers. Although the images do look simple capturing the subjects in just the right light takes a bit of technical skill with both the camera and in editing.
You can achieve this type of image with a DSLR camera BUT with a few tricks you can also get a really solid silhouette photo with your smartphone.
THE FORMATIVE ASSIGNMENT Below are two different sets of resources to help you with creating a silhouette photo. Depending on what you have available to you will determine which category of resources you use, DSLR or Smartphone. You will choose two resources from either DSLR or Smartphone and take notes on them. You will be submitting a photo or a file of your notes to schoolgy BUT the notes are for you to use so take down information that will be helpful for your understanding and your process later in the summative. For the summative you will need to submit 5 edited silhouette photos. The summative expectations are listed below
THE SUMMATIVE ASSIGNMENT You will be submitting 4 Finished Silhouette images I will be looking for the following
composition!!! - how are you framing the image?, how does your composition add to the narrative?, rule of thirds?, how does your eye move around the image? , Does it feel balanced? Is the Image straight?
High contrast - There should be a solid silhouette that stands out from the background. This can be achieved through in camera, editing software, or both.
Background should not be washed out (totally white) the background should be properly exposed to the point you have context for the silhouette
Silhouette should be a recognizable object, pose, etc. These should not just be black blobs. Tell a story!!
Should be edited to feel like a series. Black and White, warm, cool, high contrast, muted, cross processed, etc