Creating a Silhouette

Quick drama anytime day or night.


  • Camera + Trigger
  • Lens of any focal length (though I prefer wider)
  • Off-camera flash
  • Colored gels (optional, but recommended)
  • Light stand (optional)
  • Second off-camera flash (optional)


This is a fun technique with a myriad of applications. I’ve seen some incredible photographers using this technique to silhouette a subject while another part of the frame is properly exposed. I often use this when I have a not-so-sexy room to photograph in and I want to give my client something more dramatic (Figure 16.1).

The idea behind this technique is that you’re blacking out your subject by creating a brighter light behind them that you can expose for. Depending ...

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