Using all the benefits of lighting are essentail to great photography. We can see how light wraps around a subject to reveal it’s texture and enhance its shape so it stands out from the background in sharp relief. However, shooting into the sun will extend your creativity, but controllable for the photographer and will open up a whole new dimension in photography. This is called backlighting, and it can be used to create a small rim of light around an object as small as a flower, for example, right through to a bold, extensive shadow of a building. The benefits of taking photos into the light is that you can do it all day so photo’s can be taken anytime not just restricted to early morning and late afternoon.
The greatest thing about silhouettes is that they are basic to photograph It is the one time you can set your camera to automatic exposure and rely on it to produce the result you foresaw when releasing the shutter. If you want to set it manually, simply take a meter reading from the sky, and set that.
The best photos for silhouettes are those with bold outlines since no other detail will be produced as a photo. Hence the reason why so many silhouettes tend to be architectual subjects – especially older buildings, as these often have more extensive features than those made more recently. When composing your photo you should attempt to isolate your subject against the sky since every detail will record as a silhouette, and too much of it can become confusing. In the same way you should avoid the proverbial tree trunk growing out of a person’s head, you should watch out for branches sprouting from the top of your building. It is true that on the one hand they might enhance your composition, but on the other they might intrude, making it advisable to crop them out if at all possible. As with many photographic subjects, the best advice is to keep it simple.