29 Beautiful Examples of Silhouette Photography

A relatively straightforward technique for creating interesting photos is the silhouette. Usually taken really early or late in the day, the photographer faces the sun, positions their subject, and meters their camera for the sky. The end result is a good background exposure (the sky) and a dark subject, giving opportunities with the right creative eye to make some really interesting photos.

Silhouette Photography

Here are some links to resources that will help improve your silhouette photo techniques followed by 29 beautiful examples.

Digital Camera World – Silhouette photography: tips for shooting into the sun
Five helpful tips and examples to help improve your silhouette photography.

DPS – How to Photograph Silhouettes in 8 Easy Steps
Our friends over at Digital Photography School provide some great tips and give instructions on how to adjust your settings to get the best shot possible. Also check out their blog post featuring some inspiring silhouette shots.

Nikon – http://www.nikonusa.com/en/learn-and-explore/article/i2n419b7/how-to-shoot-a-silhouette.html
Simple tips from Nikon.

Kevin & Amanda – What Settings Should I Use for Silhouette Photos
If you’re not sure how to set up your camera to take the perfect silhouette picture, this easy read from Kevin and Amanda will definitely help answer that question.

Peta Pixel – Tips for Shooting Killer Silhouette Photos
A great article by wedding photographers Brett and Tori Benham. They feature a few of their favorite silhouette photos and discuss how each shot was set up.

Below we’ve featured a selection of beautiful silhouette photos from our Flickr group.

Shirren Lim – 2 boys walking on the plains of Mt Bromo.
Silhouette Photography

Stephen Humpleby – Sun Kissed
Silhouette Photography

Ana GR – thankful
Silhouette Photography

Thomas Lieser – sometimes even crows start to wonder what it’s all about…
Silhouette Photography

Fernando De Santis – Farra com o surfista
De Santis
Silhouette Photography

Ana GR – dancing to the Moon
Silhouette Photography

Thanawat Thiasiriphet – last jump
Silhouette Photography

Guy Prives – Silhouette at the port, Tel Aviv, Israel
Silhouette Photography

Arron Haggart – loop road
Silhouette Photography

Thanawat Thiasiriphet – Cold
Silhouette Photography

Photos Taken by Anthony – Dukhan Beach
Silhouette Photography

Andrew Prawiro – Quiet Evening
Silhouette Photography

Arron Haggart – sunset silhouette
Silhouette Photography

Matt Young – McClintic Wildlife Management Area
Silhouette Photography

ShutterBug261 – the cat in the hat
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ferdinand mendoza – ants
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Dave Miller Photography – Coyote Hills Sunset
Silhouette Photography

Susan Tuttle – No Fear
Silhouette Photography

jpgeorges
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Michael Paul – Lake Ogawara, Misawa AB Japan.
Silhouette Photography

Thomas Lieser – low flight
Silhouette Photography

harrydee3 – FLY
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ushie98
Silhouette Photography

siti_fatimah
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Dave Miller Photography – Pohono Silhouette
Silhouette Photography

Prioridad de Apertura – Mromero
Silhouette Photography

Ignus-Viator – The Watchers – Week Five
Silhouette Photography

Desh Kapur Photography
Silhouette Photography

Ana GR – we kiss the day goodnight
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