15. SHOOTING DRAMATIC SILHOUETTES

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BEFORE THE INVENTION of photography, silhouettes became an important (and inexpensive) way of capturing a distinctive portrait of a person, easy on the subject as well the artist because of their simplicity. By depicting only the profile of the subject, dark against a light background, the shape of the hair, forehead, nose, and chin offered a recognizable image with minimal effort. (See Figure 15.1.)

Silhouettes have traditionally been black-on-white images, but there’s no reason why they can’t be produced in color, as well. Using our favorite pictorial subject, the sunset, once more, I produced the silhouette-like ...

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