We love doing new and fun things as a family. Our memories are filled with silly activities and things that not many other people want to try (Family Makeovers, anyone?). I think these unexpected moments make up some of our most precious memories. I am always on the lookout for new things to do, and silhouettes were always at the top of my list!
Ever since we moved to Indonesia, we have driven by a field right near the school where my husband works. I knew from the moment I saw it that it would be great for silhouettes. The sun sets right behind it, there are no buildings in the way, and it is up on a hill, rising above all other distractions. And even though we have driven by hundreds of times over the last four years, it wasn't until a few weeks ago that we finally made a point to go out and try taking some family silhouettes.
If I were smart, I would have looked up exactly how to do this (articles like this one here on The Daily Digi and this one from Digital Photography School). Thankfully, I know enough about cameras and exposure that I just metered for the sky (I shoot in manual), and figured I'd fix what needed fixing afterward in Lightroom.
We had a blast! In fact, we had so much we went back about a week later. The sky was a totally different color and so we got totally different results! In addition, as the sun continued to set the sky continued to alter its hues and the result was a wide variety of photos.
A few tips and tricks:
1. Be sure to read some good articles on silhouettes, especially if you aren't really sure about what camera settings to use.
2. Look out for distractions. In that first picture with my whole family, it would have looked a lot better if we had moved away from the big bush behind my husband.
3. Try some fun poses. My kids loved the fact that they didn't have to smile or even look at the camera. Because there weren't any rules, they felt free to be silly.
4. Look for fun props you could use as part of the silhouette. I whipped up that family banner in about ten minutes. There are lots of other things that could be used: bicycles, large numbers, stuffed animals, and more.
5. Make sure that people don't overlap. In the family photo where I am kissing my husband, my three year old got too close to my oldest. The photo would have been much stronger if there was a definite outline to each person.
6. Ask a friend to come with you to take pictures. Alternatively, you could use a self-timer or my favorite (and tool of choice), use a remote timer. You can canadian phamacy cialis also invite friends to be in the photos.
7. Have fun and enjoy the memories!