Shooting silhouettes is about photographing stark contrast and lack of detail in the subject. It infuse a psychological effect into the image that can be beautiful, mysterious, or at times frightening. The silhouette effect involve a bit of experimentation to get it right. In silhouette technique the subjects are relatively simple and are pronounced in shape on a two-dimensional level. Taking a silhouette is all about back-lighting.
Here are some quick tips for a powerful silhouette (adjust if needed be)
1. Use 'Evaluative' metering mode
2. Shoot in 'Drive Mode' i.e. Single shot
3. The preferred mode to shoot is 'Aperture priority'
4. Set aperture at f/8.0
5. Set ISO at 800 (or higher)
6. Set 'Single shot' focus mode
7. Set a 'Single auto-focus point'
8. Shoot at 50mm to 80mm focal length.
9. If your camera has an image stabilizer, use it.
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