I am participating in ClickinMom’s 4th Annual Scavenger Hunt right now, and one of the items (out of 150) is to photograph a silhouette of a child holding a balloon. The gals very nicely posted a tutorial on how to accomplish a silhouette, so tonight I decided to give it a try.
The key point in shooting a silhouette is to expose for the sky (not your subject). It helps to have the light behind your subject. A good time to do this is when the sun is setting because your sky is more interesting and you are starting to lose light. But my subject needed to get a bath before bed, so we shot after dinner around 7:15.
I didn’t start off too badly, but it definitely wasn’t dark enough to be considered a silhouette.
So I bumped up my shutter speed and closed my aperture up a bit to get less light and ended up with a pretty decent series of shots. This one I liked the best.
Then I edited the photo a bit in Photoshop by darkening the blacks and boosting the blues. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
Overall, it took about 40 shots to get a decent one. With this image, I’m about half way through the hunt. And I learned something new. I can’t wait to play with this technique again!