A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene consisting of the outline and a basically featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. Although the art form has been popular since the mid-18th century, the term “silhouette” was seldom used until the early decades of the 19th century.Silhouette images may be created in any artistic media, but the tradition of cutting portraits from black card has continued into the 21st century.
From its original graphic meaning, the term “silhouette” has been extended to describe the sight or representation of a person, object or scene that is back lit, and appears dark against a lighter background. Anything that appears this way, for example, a figure standing back lit in a doorway, may be described as “in silhouette”. Because a silhouette emphasizes the outline, the word has also been used in the fields of fashion and fitness to describe the shape of a person’s body or the shape created by wearing clothing of a particular style or period.
Many photographers use the technique of photographing people, objects or landscape elements against the light, to achieve an image in silhouette. The light might be natural, such as a sunset or an open doorway, a technique known as contra-jour or it might be contrived in a studio; see low-key lighting. Silhouetting occurs when there is a lighting ratio of 16:1 or greater. The exposure is set for the background, usually with an aperture at 9–11 and a shutter speed around 120–200.
The technique is not simple, and there is a lot more involved than in my short explanation here. Silhouette Photography creates very eye-catching results and would be considered as the best selection when an artiste wants to express mystery, drama, and emotion in his photographs.
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