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Creating The Silhouetted Shot / High key shot of peppers

In commercial photography, there is a particular type of shot that lends itself to web and print layouts, which is called the "silhouetted shot." If produced correctly, the subject matter will appear to be sitting in a white room surrounded by light. It is a very clean style because it looks natural on a white page and is not confined to a square or rectangular frame.

Much of the success of a silhouetted shot depends on lighting, which to many might seem complicated and expensive. As you'll discover in this lesson, however, this does not necessarily have to be the case.

This lesson demonstrates how to create a natural-looking silhouetted shot with very simple and inexpensive lighting tools and a little digital editing.

(Most images can be clicked for an enlarged view.)

Topics Covered:

  • The Window-lit Shot
  • Built-in Flash Lighting
  • Shooting with Hard Lights
  • Diffusing Light with a LiteIgloo
  • Backlighting for a Natural Look
  • The Water Beads Trick
  • Dropping Out the Background

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