Silhouette How-To

How do you shoot a silhouette, like this one from yesterday’s maternity shoot?

Really quite simple:

  1. Have a simple background (wall, or backdrop).
  2. Ensure that the background is light (flash!) and the foreground is not (avoid light falling “everywhere”: I used grids on my flashes).
  3. Expose for the background, and add a few stops.
  4. If necessary, do the last adjustments in Lightroom (or whatever software you use).

I used an additional edge light here to emphasize the tummy.

Go try it today!


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