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Summer Photo Tips: Shooting Silhouettes!

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Summer is a GREAT time to pull out your camera and try some new Photo Tips and Photo Exercises, how about putting your hand to Shooting Silhouettes!  But be prepared to get comfortable with dark images rather than bright ones.

If you love taking photos, you may have been told at some point to look for the best light.  Look through magazines and see if you can identify the light source in every photo.  As your walking to the park, be aware of where the sun is and how the sun’s position affects your photos.  Where would the sun land on your kids’ faces?  How would you adjust yourself or them?  But with all these light focused questions there is a problem.  We negate the beauty in the lack of light.

Photography is always teaching me something.  This year, I’ve been processing my own beliefs and barriers with the issue of light.  I’ve found myself going inward and facing the fact that I’m not comfortable in the dark.  Brian and I are in the midst of a couple big life changes right now, and I feel like I’m groping in the dark—trying to find my way.  It’s exhausting at times.  I just want to see light, and if I get a little, I want more.

But darkness has an amazing role too.  The darkness isn’t just dark:  it defines where the light exists.  Darkness helps us see how bright the light is.  As I mull these thoughts over in my heart and head, I’ve been trying to give myself freedom to shoot in the dark.

Found these easy tips on shooting silhouettes from Me Ra Koh, The Photo Mom

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  1. natasha says:

    beautiful Me ra,I love ,love shooting silhouettes.I have one of ollie of the frozen duck pond that I will (eventually!!!0)put on my wall,

  2. Rhonda says:

    I think I’d like to choose the background of a dark tunnel in the bowels of Angkor Wat’s temples 🙂 I’ll settle for something closer to home for now though, so I can be practiced up when I get the opportunity for some exotic place (looks like maybe Africa next year).
    This post made me think of a quote I love by Ruth Renkel…
    “Never fear shadows. They simply mean there’s a light shining somewhere nearby.” Praying for a blessed day for you today!

  3. Peggy says:

    THANK YOU!!! Beautiful pictures, easy to follow instructions, and SOOOOOO much inspiration!!!

  4. Liane Dimond says:

    Thank you Me Ra, I can’t wait to practice this.

  5. Lisa K. says:

    Thank you! Loved this!! You always feed my adventurous spirit. This gives me some fun ideas to play with this summer 🙂

  6. mirela says:

    how beautiful, Me Ra! thank you so much for the tips!!!

  7. Juanita says:

    How can I make sure I get the newsletter? I have signed up twice and still never received one and my friend says she already got the current one, so looks like I still haven’t got it 🙁

  8. Me Ra Koh says:

    I’m so glad this was inspiring and easy to follow! Yeah!! I’ll post more Summer Photo Tips as the sun appears. 🙂

    Juanita, I’m so sorry you didn’t get the newsletter. Once you sign up, you recieve an email that you have to click on to confirm wanting the newsletter. Do you remember getting that email? Sometimes it goes to the Junk Mail folder. If you resign up, look for that email to confirm your registration and you should be good. In the meantime, please forward us your email at so we can forward you the newsletter asap. So sorry for the inconvenience!

  9. […] is to meter on the the background and not on the person or object that you want in silhouette.  Me Ra talked about silhouettes in her Blog over the summer, she does an amazing job of explaining all the ins and outs.  Be sure […]

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