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November contest theme: Silhouettes

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  November 2, 2009 07:47 AM

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Back when we were voting on contest themes (I temporarily discontinued that because I had enough theme ideas from you to last a year or two!), many of you voted in favor of Silhouettes as a theme -- and I think that's a great idea.

I'm really looking forward to your entries because silhouettes can convey so much emotion, drama, mood, mystery ... or even humor.

But it's a challenging theme because
a) your subject will have to be in front of a light source, and
b) you'll have to set your camera's exposure for the light source, not your subject, so that your subject is underexposed.

Many photographers say shooting just after dawn or just before dusk into the rising or setting sun provides great light for silhouettes; others prefer urban shots in front of artificial light from a storefront or headlights, or indoor photography where they can control the light source better. Whatever works for you.

Your image does not have to be of a person in silhouette ... any subject is fine.

Oh, and one other thing: Just for this month, let's reinstate the rule that your photo must be taken this month -- no old shots allowed.

This month's 4 separate contest tags for Flickr are:
silhouettes (make sure you add an S at the end)

Darren Rowse's How to Photograph Silhouettes in 8 Easy Steps is a great starting point for those of you new to shooting this style.

Here are a couple of other resources for you:

30 examples from ArtfanDesign

Steve Berardi on PhotoNaturalist

New to our contests? Here's an explainer on how to set up a Flickr account, adding our contest tags, checking your settings to make sure Flickr (and we) can find your photos, and details about the prize money, etc.

Questions? Ask in the comment section below, or drop a line to

Good luck!

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