Creating a silhouette is an easy technique to learn and useful in a lot of different situations. For obvious reasons, it doesn’t work well if you are trying to create a portrait … but in nature and architecture, you can create a little bit of magic with very little effort.

Silhouettes may make photographs appear “black and white” even though they are in color. The effect is easily achieved with the light source behind your subject.


dreamcatcher silhouette


All you need to do to get a silhouette is take your light reading on the brightest part of the scene or object. The dark part will got even darker and you can slightly increase contrast in post processing if you want to make it a true silhouette with no detail.

Voila! Silhouettes!


  1. pix & kardz August 17, 2014 / 2:38 am

    that first image is sheer eye candy! thanks for sharing


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 17, 2014 / 12:25 pm

      Thank you. It’s one of my all-time favorite shots and I’m very proud of it.


  2. Victoria C. Slotto August 17, 2014 / 2:25 pm

    I’m a beginner in the world of photography and appreciate your “how-to.”


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 17, 2014 / 2:41 pm

      You are welcome. That’s how I learned too … tips from other photographers.


  3. mjmky August 20, 2014 / 2:15 pm

    One of my favorite photographic techniques to look at. Beautiful when done just right. And yours is beautiful.


    • Marilyn Armstrong August 20, 2014 / 2:19 pm

      Thank you. I like it because it’s easy once you figure it out. You can use it a little or a lot, but it’s effective in a lot of situations and doesn’t require any special lenses or filters. Or complicated post processing.


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