It is a fact: the sophisticated mystery of silhouette photography immediately grabs the attention. It is usually a striking simple composition: a dominant black shaped subject that appears against a lit background. Unlike for other photography types, the subject is identified by its shape only - no other details, no other distractions or colors. With a black shaped subject only (mostly humans) smartly separated by the lit background elements, the silhouette photography is more about creatively using the shapes and strong tonal contrast to express the right message.
Silhouette photography convey a special mood and often is very dramatic; it makes you reflect and push your imagination. The outlined story is usually not very obvious, and it is on the viewer’s mind to decode its meaning.
At the end of the day the silhouette photography is a powerful tool to visually proposing stories in a unique and challenging way. And this actually helps to the photographer’s ultimate goal: to capture and share their visual stories. The technique is simple: choose a strong shaped subject, meter the camera and expose for the background and place the subject in the shadow.
But before start practicing, allow me to invite you to enjoy and be inspired by the amazing silhouette photos below taken by the 1x.com members!
Vito Guarino PRO
Thank you so much Mario and Yvette. Great selection and article. Congrats to all photo authors
Excelent, very very good.
Many thanks, Mario Eduardo!!
João Custódio PRO
A truly inspired view on the theme Silhouette Photography, supported by a wonderful selection of images. My compliments to Marius, Yvette and all photo authors.
Thank you so much, João!
Thanks for your appreciation, João ;-)
Ali Ayer PRO
Many thanks Marius and Yvette
Thank you too, Ali! Have a great weekend ahead!
You are welcome, Ali! Amazing silhouette photo!
Stefan Eisele PRO
Thank´s a lot for the selection of one of my works! Congrats to all the artist!!
You are welcome, Stefan!! Have a great Sunday!
Thank you so much for the selection one of my work for this wonderful magazine! Congrats to all the artist, your work are great!!!
You are welcome, dear Alex! Well deserved! Have a great Sunday!
Superb theme and collection!
Many thanks, Srini!!
Thanks Marius Cinteză and Yvette. Congratulations to all for the solendide photographs. Good weekend everyone.
Thanks Massimo! Wish you a great weekend too ;-)
You are welcome, Massimo!! Wonderful silhouette work! Have a great weekend, too! :-)
There photo so beautiful, that her heart hurts ... with envy, so I can not . Thank's Yvette
Miro Susta CREW
Excellent photo selection. I like the subject; there are many interesting options in silhouette photography. B&W has been here a very good option. Nicely done Marius and of course also Yvette for flawless editing.
Many thanks, Miro, for your kind words!
Thank you, dear Miro ;-)
Nice article , wonderful works have been selected for article !
Thank you so much, Olga!
Paulo Abrantes PRO
Wonderful article, wonderful pictures. Many thanks for choosing one of mine, really honored. Wishing you all a great weekend ahead. Cheers, Paulo
Many thanks for your kind words, dear Paulo! Have a grat weekend!
Piet Flour PRO
once again a wonderful series of images, with much variations on the theme approach, and supported with a well written and to-the-point text. compliments to staff members and artists
Thanks for your appreciation, Piet ;-) Cheers, Yvette
Thank you so much, Piet!
David williams CREW
Nice. Great set of shots to go with a simple but powerful subject. Thank you for writing this article.
Many thanks, David! Have a great weekend!
Outstanding collection of silhouette photographs! Thanks for selecting one of mine. Congratulations to all authors and thanks for this fine article, Marius. Cheers, Yvette
Thank you so much, dear Yvette! :-) Have a wonderful weekend ahead! Marius