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Silhouetted foreground


Silhouettes in the forground can add dimension


Silhouetted trees contribute to this dreamy scene.
Silhouetted trees contribute to this dreamy scene.

A silhouetted foreground can be a very dramatic framing device, but should be used sparingly to avoid overkill.

This does not necessarily mean you should only shoot one picture with the foreground silhouetted. If it is a beautiful scene, you can shoot it from different angles, and later consider selecting only the strongest of the silhouetted foreground images for display.

Exposure is made as if there were no objects in the foreground. You may need to step away from the silhouette to use your camera's exposure meter with nothing between it and the subject to get a proper reading, then step back behind the foreground object and use those settings. Large dark areas in the foreground might otherwise throw your camera's meter off. An alternative is to use a spotmeter if you have one or if your camera has spot metering capability.

For in-depth information on using foreground objects in your images to enhance their graphical design, see our section entitled Foreground.

The silhouetted curler in the foreground leads the viewer's eye into the picture and provides a sense of dimension
The silhouetted curler in the foreground leads the viewer's eye into the picture and provides a sense of dimension

A partially-silhouetted life preserver (hung with the home's address painted on it) suggests there is hope of success for the firefighters on the roof
A partially-silhouetted life preserver (hung with the home's address painted on it) suggests there is hope of success for the firefighters on the roof

Everything is a silhouette in this sunset picture, but the foreground silhouette pulls the viewer in and frames the pilings at the same time.
Everything is a silhouette in this sunset picture, but the foreground silhouette pulls the viewer in and frames the pilings at the same time.

Exposure should be made for the light falling on the building.
Exposure should be made for the light falling on the building.