Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
05-05-2009, 08:49 AM   #1
Inactive Account




Join Date: May 2009
Location: North Wales
Posts: 9
Silhouettes

Maybe this is a bit ambitious for a relatively new photographer..

I have been taking photographs now for about year.. but I've only been using a film camera for a course, and now I've moved onto digital and was wondering how I could create a sihouette..

My idea was.. to have a person staring into a mirror, so you could see the person in the mirror, but also the person as a silhouette outside of the mirror if that makes sense, so it portrays a transaction of nothingness to detail.. iif that makes sense.. just an arty shot idea.. It may sound a bit too ambitious.. since I am not very experienced.. and may be impossible, just thought this was the place to see if it was possible, and how to it.

Cheers,
Ryan


05-05-2009, 10:23 AM   #2
Inactive Account




Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 1,521
Try it

Sometimes the best way to learn is by experimentation. So try some shots. It doesn't cost anything with a digital camera.

I'm not sure what you want to do but it may be best to focus on the image in the mirror and have the face of the person in the frame while using a high f-stop (f11?).

Good luck.
05-05-2009, 10:41 AM   #3
Senior Member
kibipod's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Ohio
Posts: 276
Let's say the mirror is on a stand i.e. dresser. You place your subject in front of the mirror. In this situation both subject and mirror are foreground. Now you place a light source like a lamp or a flash between your subject and the wall. Make sure the lamp is not visible through the camera and also not by the mirror. If you can place the subject and the lamp in such a way and place your camera in such an angle that you see your subject and his/her image on the mirror, then you can make a silhouette. You need powerful light source to make the background (in this case it is the wall) really bright compared to your subject who is nearer to the camera and is on the foreground. The powerful reflected light will illuminate the subject.

This type of composition is possible on a stage and difficult inside a regular room. If you have access to a theater stage and some props, you can achieve what you are looking for. You need good separation of subject + mirror from the background wall. Otherwise light will spill over to the subject 's back which is facing the camera and will not render that silhouette effect. Placing the lightsource near the subject will ruin it as there will be wrap around light.
05-05-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
Inactive Account




Join Date: May 2009
Location: North Wales
Posts: 9
Original Poster
I'll give this a shot..
Might post end result if it is of a acceptable nature :P.

Thanks very much for both of the replies,
Ryan


05-05-2009, 12:23 PM   #5
Damn Brit
Guest




I suspect there would be too much ambient light to get a decent silhouette AND reflection. You could try two shots and merge them.
05-05-2009, 03:40 PM   #6
Ira
Inactive Account




Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Coral Springs, FL
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,218
Just a suggestion:

It's not really good to post in all bold, but to save bold for those words you want to emphasize.
05-05-2009, 04:30 PM   #7
Damn Brit
Guest




QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
Just a suggestion:

It's not really good to post in all bold, but to save bold for those words you want to emphasize.
Thanks for that, you're right, people do tend to get fed up with it.
05-06-2009, 06:42 AM   #8
Veteran Member
res3567's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Houston Tx.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,876
QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
Thanks for that, you're right, people do tend to get fed up with it.
Hi! How are you?

05-06-2009, 06:42 AM   #9
Veteran Member
res3567's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Houston Tx.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,876
QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
Thanks for that, you're right, people do tend to get fed up with it.
Hi! How are you?
05-06-2009, 06:43 AM   #10
Veteran Member
res3567's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Houston Tx.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,876
QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
Thanks for that, you're right, people do tend to get fed up with it.
Hi Gary! How are you?
05-07-2009, 08:33 AM   #11
Inactive Account




Join Date: May 2009
Location: North Wales
Posts: 9
Original Poster
Thanks for the tip?
I'll bear that in mind!
05-08-2009, 06:08 PM   #12
Damn Brit
Guest




QuoteOriginally posted by res3567 Quote
Hi Gary! How are you?
I'm fine thank you. Can we get back to normal typeface now please?
05-08-2009, 07:15 PM   #13
Veteran Member
res3567's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Houston Tx.
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,876
QuoteOriginally posted by Damn Brit Quote
I'm fine thank you. Can we get back to normal typeface now please?
Yessir! Ha!
05-09-2009, 09:34 AM   #14
Loyal Site Supporter




Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Bronx NY
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 5,604
Another possibility for a silhouette is to place the subject with in a strong backlight (like a bright sunny day and a white wall). Expose for the backlight and voila! the subject will be silhouetted. It happens to me all the time when all I want it some backlight

NaCl("curses! over metered again!!!" )H2O
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
bit, camera, mirror, pentax help, person, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Black & White Silhouettes tuco Post Your Photos! 7 05-18-2010 08:58 PM
Winners: Project 52-2-23: Silhouettes Ash Weekly Photo Challenges 7 12-28-2009 08:55 AM
PROJECT 52-2-23 Lighting: Silhouettes mithrandir Weekly Photo Challenges 24 12-23-2009 01:12 PM
Silhouettes of the night Rense Post Your Photos! 14 03-30-2009 02:29 AM
Figure silhouettes creampuff Post Your Photos! 7 02-24-2009 02:41 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:03 PM. | See also: NikonForums.com, CanonForums.com part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top