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Getting crisp silhouettes
« on: July 25, 2007, 08:36:29 PM »
I am going to try and set up a shoot this weekend to get a photo I am going to turn into a logo for work.  I have been trying to create a group of silhouettes but I can't get them to work together.  I am looking to get crisp lines and was wondering if anyone has tips on the best way as to shoot this would be.  I was thinking a backlight sheet or something along those lines, it is going to be a child walking a dog and an adult extending their arm back for them.

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Re: Getting crisp silhouettes
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2007, 09:37:51 PM »
The easiest way i think would be to position your subjects with the sun/lightsource behind them,
get them to wear dark clothes use spot metering, take a reading of the subject use manual, with spot metering settings and away you go,
 
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Re: Getting crisp silhouettes
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2007, 11:33:14 PM »
Also remember that if you are using multiple objects you will need them rughly in the same focal plane depending upon the f-stop you are using else some will 'bleed' compared to others.

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Re: Getting crisp silhouettes
« Reply #3 on: July 26, 2007, 12:45:12 AM »
I'm not sure what kind of silhouettes, but you can take the photo in the most ordinary way possible... anywhere. Then in photoshop spend a half hour or more selecting it with the magnetic lasso (zoomed in to 100%, then later going back with the 'remove from selection', and 'add to selection' tool). This way, you can delete the background (the unselected area, and flood or change the colour of the inside area. It'd be easier if you got a tennis ball first and practised, as you can try this quicker and get a handle on it before the big project.
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Re: Getting crisp silhouettes
« Reply #4 on: July 26, 2007, 06:05:25 PM »
using the levels adjustment in photoshop, or curves will help you get a better silhouette. Also you can use channels, probably the blue channel, to get a better outline.
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Re: Getting crisp silhouettes
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2007, 03:57:03 AM »
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I did these in about two minutes each ....magic wanded out the blue sky....played with levels and contrast...cleaned up a couple of noise spots in the black. If the background was rather white (as suggested) and the subjects well lined up and underexposed...

Your biggest issue will be the "correct" silhouette outline. (Have fun keeping the dog and child cooperative. :))


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This one took perhaps 10 minutes. It's a little dirty along the edges, but shows what can be done to make a silhouette without even starting right, i.e. an uncluttered background. 
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Re: Getting crisp silhouettes
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2007, 03:00:11 PM »
Thanks for the tips.  I was looking a photo I could use without having to take my own but I couldn't find what I was looking for exactly so I figured I would just create my own.  I have created a few silhouettes from photos I found like a few of you have mentioned but none of them were working what what I am trying to create so I figured I would just give it a shot at creating my own.  Thanks for all the tips and I hope it works out because its driving me nuts!!

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Re: Getting crisp silhouettes
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2007, 09:30:46 AM »
Thanks for the tips.  I was looking a photo I could use without having to take my own but I couldn't find what I was looking for exactly so I figured I would just create my own.  I have created a few silhouettes from photos I found like a few of you have mentioned but none of them were working what what I am trying to create so I figured I would just give it a shot at creating my own.  Thanks for all the tips and I hope it works out because its driving me nuts!!

Watch out for the "looking for a photo to use" remember a little thing called copyright and royalties - even many of the images that are listed as free are only free in the sense of personal use and not commercial.