Silhouette Photography produces very stunning results and it is wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood in a picture. You can easily differentiate Silhouette Photography from the other types of photography because it looks like a dark outline against a light background. Pictures like these often don’t convey a clear story, and leave part of the image up to the imagination of the viewer.
Thats why Below we have gathered 40+ Stunning Silhouette Photography of People to keep you guessing storied behind all listed imahes. All images are linked to the respective photographer’s websites. Feel free to explore more of their work. Enjoy and be inspired.
Defination of Silhouette:
A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene consisting of the outline and a basically featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. Although the art form has been popular since the mid-18th century, the term “silhouette” was seldom used until the early decades of the 19th century. Silhouette images may be created in any artistic media, but the tradition of cutting portraits from black card has continued into the 21st century.
From its original graphic meaning, the term “silhouette” has been extended to describe the sight or representation of a person, object or scene that is backlit, and appears dark against a lighter background. Anything that appears this way, for example, a figure standing backlit in a doorway, may be described as “in silhouette”. Because a silhouette emphasises the outline, the word has also been used in the fields of fashion and fitness to describe the shape of a person’s body or the shape created by wearing clothing of a particular style or period.
Origin of Silhouette
The word “silhouette” derives from the name of Etienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister who, in 1759, was forced by France’s credit crisis during the Seven Years War to impose severe economic demands upon the French people, particularly the wealthy. Because of de Silhouette’s austere economies, his name became eponymous with anything done or made cheaply and so with these outline portraits. Prior to the advent of photography, silhouette profiles cut from black card were the cheapest way of recording a person’s appearance
How to Photograph Silhouettes
1. Choose a Strong Subject
2. Get Your Light Right
3. Turn off your Flash
4. Frame your Object
5. Make silhouetted shapes distinct and uncluttered
6. Put camera into Auto Mode