50 Most Incredible Examples of Silhouette Photography – Awesome Tips on How to Take Great Silhouette Photographs

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Today we will be sharing an amazing collection of 50 beautiful silhouette photographs for your inspiration. We will also be sharing some awesome tips on how to take a silhouette photograph.

The art of silhouette photography is something many photographers fancy. A silhouette is defined as a dark outline appearing against a brighter background. Silhouette photography is most commonly used to express a melodramatic, mysterious, serious and even gloomy portrayal of the subject, yet we may encounter many a photographs where the case is opposite. Whatever the mood may be, silhouette photography has its own charm and it totally depends on what the photographer wants to capture by playing with the subject and its exposure.

As we all know photography is the study of light and as in every other form of photography silhouette photography also enables the photographer to form a composition surrounded by light. What makes silhouette photography a subject of interest is how brilliantly the photographer takes into consideration the balance between darkness and light. Silhouette photography can be totally experimental but it takes time and patience to master the art.

What’s the best time to capture a silhouette photograph?

When it comes to taking a silhouette photograph, we must consider timings and where our source of light is. Experts say that the best time to capture a silhouette photograph is when the sun is at its peak in the horizon. We often ignore the importance of how our subject is lit but that’s what plays the main role in capturing the best silhouette photograph. Dusk and dawn is considered the best time to take silhouette photographs.

Focusing on the expression

Silhouette photography is an artistic expression in photography and the soul of it lies in what you are portraying through your photo. Always do some home work before you set off to capture a silhouette photo. Get engaged in the environment and consider looking at your subject from all angles. Try to form a relation between the subject and the environment, remember, your subject and the environment are inter-related and they can both speak for each other.

Some awesome tips on how to capture stunning silhouette photos:

Keep your flash off at the time of taking a silhouette photograph.

The subject should be well-lit from the back or it won’t have that sharp edges.

Choose a well thought story that you can portray in your photo. Build a relation of the subject with light and vice versa.

Your subject must be in an uncluttered and easy to recognize form. Silhouette photography is mainly composed of a dark part and a well-lit part hence, your subject must have a defined shape.

If you haven’t yet experimented silhouette photography yet, then you must give it a try. Share your thoughts and photography experiences if you have any or share your tips on silhouette photography with our readers. If you want us to share your photography with our followers, send us an email.

Silhouette Camouflage

Silhouette Camouflage

Mzagor

Mzagor

Silhouette Tree

Silhouette Tree

Waiting

Waiting

Man’s Best Friend

Man's Best Friend

Kitty

Kitty

Frozen in Time

Frozen in time

Capture

Capture

An Untrained Eye

An Untrained Eye

Arabian Night

Arabian Night

Horse Silhouette

Horse Silhouette

Blessed Candles of the Night

Blessed Candles of the Night

Silhouette Eye

Silhouette Eye

Goodnight Darlin

Goodnight Darlin

Stingrays in Silhouette

Stingrays in Silhouette

Silhouetted Mosque

Silhouetted Mosque

April Weather Forecast – Sunshine & Showers

April Weather Forecast - Sunshine & Showers

Silhouetted Lantern

Silhouetted Lantern

Towards the Dark Age

Towards the Dark Age

My Horse

My Horse

The Day When the Sun Vanished

The Day When the Sun Vanished

A Halloween Moon – A Black Crow Silhouette

A Halloween Moon - A Black Crow Silhouette

Amar Shahor

Amar Shahor

Sunset | Hampi

Sunset - Hampi

One Man and his Dog

One Man and His Dog

Sunrise Breath

Sunrise breath

Follow The Light

Follow the Light

Loop Road

Loop Road

Free Birds

Free Birds

Taj Mahal (Silhouette)

Taj Mahal (Silhouette)

Tornado

Tornado

Underwater Silhouette

Underwater Silhouette

Ant Silhouette

Ant Silhouette

Silhouette Shooter

Silhouette Shooter

Self Portrait Vandana

Self-portrait Vandana

Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

Every cloud has a silver lining

Luis and the Balloons

Luis and the Balloons

Bike

Bike

Sunset Crossing

Sunset Crossing

Golden Childhood

Golden Childhood

Clean Up

Clean Up

World’s Favorite Sport

World's Favorite Sport

Goslings

Goslings

Running Silhouette

Running silhouette

Lizardsmouth Sunset Silhouette

Lizardsmouth Sunset Silhouette

Dandelion Silhouette

Dandelion Silhouette

People Silhouette

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Evan Silhouette

Evan Silhouette

JOY – Pure & Simple

JOY - Pure & Simple

We hope you enjoyed this beautiful collection of silhouette photos and must have learnt something about how to take silhouette photos. Now that you know how to take silhouette photos, why not start taking your own?

Keep visiting us for more amazing work and don’t forget to let us know which silhouette photo did you like the most.

Enjoy!