Time to embrace the dark side. The simplest way to achieve a silhoutte is to place your subject between the camera and a source of light and to expose for the highlights.

The essence of the shot should be that your subject lacks detail but is identifiable from the shape of outline against a lighter background. For this to work the subject should have an easily recognisible shape, unless you want to add an extra dimension of ambiguity to the picture. It is easiest to create a silhouette against a bright expanse of sky when the sun is low, it can help to find an open space to achieve this. However, it’s possible to create a silhouette with any form of back lighting.

You will find some tips on silhouette photography here.


York Theatre Royal, St Leonard's Place, Y01 7HD. Meet upstairs on the 1st floor.St Leonard's Place, York YO1 7HD



11th March 202412:00pm - 4:00pm

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