Creating silhouette photo opportunities on safari

When heading out on your Safari, you should take every opportunity to capture unique images that create a diverse portfolio of images. If you’re looking to add some creative flair to your photos, consider trying your hand at capturing the perfect silhouette photo.

In this blog, I'll go over some tips to help you create beautiful and impactful silhouettes on your next adventure.

Timing is key

The timing of your shots can make or break a silhouette. The best time to capture silhouettes is during sunrise or sunset, when the sun is low in the sky. This provides the ideal lighting conditions to create a strong contrast between the subject and the sky.

Positioning matters

Positioning is crucial when it comes to silhouettes. To get the best results, you’ll want to place the sun behind your subject. This will create a stark contrast between the dark subject and the bright sky, making for a striking image.

Focus on your subject

To get the best silhouette, you need to make sure that the camera is focused on the subject, not the sun. Most cameras will have trouble focusing on the bright light of the sun, so it’s important to be mindful of your focus when taking silhouette shots.

Look for separation

When it comes to telling the story of your image, you want to create a clean outline of your subject as best as possible - such as a clear gap between your subject and the horizon or isolating your subject if it is amongst other animals in a herd.  This will allow the viewer of your image to see what your subject is.

Pick Interesting Subjects

When it comes to silhouettes, it’s all about the subject. Look for interesting and recognizable subjects like animals, trees, or landscapes that will make for a striking silhouette. Remember that the goal is to create a unique and memorable image, so be creative and experiment with different subjects.

Camera Settings are Key

To get the right exposure balance between the subject and the sky, you’ll want to underexpose your image. You want that deep contrast of a dark subject while holding the rich colours of your background. This will help to keep the subject sharp while also capturing the detail in the sky. Be sure to play around with your camera settings to find the right combination for your specific shot.

Experiment with Different Angles and Compositions

Finally, don’t be afraid to experiment with different angles and compositions. Try shooting from different heights, distances, and perspectives to add variety to your shots. By trying different techniques, you’ll be able to capture a range of unique and interesting silhouettes that will make your safari photos stand out.

In conclusion, capturing silhouettes on a safari can be a fun and creative way to add some personality to your photos. By following these tips and experimenting with different techniques, you’ll be able to create stunning images that will make your safari experience truly unforgettable.

Feel free to tag me on instagram (@michaelappalsamy) with your best silhouette photo, hopefully after learning something from this blog!


Happy snapping everyone,

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