Captivating Examples of Silhouette Photography

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Silhouette photography is a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood in a picture. A silhouette is defined as a view of an object or a scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. Pictures like these often don’t convey a clear story, and leave part of the image up to the imagination of the viewer.

The key to taking a silhouette picture would be to: choose a strong subject with a defined and recognizable shape; turn off your flash to have as little light on the front of your subject as possible; get the light right by having more light shining from the background than the foreground; frame your image so that the brightest light source is behind your subject; and make sure the silhouette shapes are distinct and uncluttered by making subjects recognizable and keeping multiple subjects separate.

Below are some truly amazing examples of silhouette photography. All images are linked to the respective photographer’s websites. Feel free to explore more of their work. Enjoy and be inspired.

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30 Captivating Silhouette Photos

Bogantropuz4

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Laura Kok6

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Lostchildclothing8

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Sprintist10

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Dominika M. Frej12

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Robert Gühne (Utzel-Butze)14

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creativesam16

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Thomas Hawk18

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Prateek Raghav20

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Juxxo22

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threefiftydee24

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Icy Blush26

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Astoria4u28

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aksdareflection30

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TJ Scott3632

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Wei Bunn34

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TJ Scott3632

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Randall Scholten38

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Alexandr Zadiraka40

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Sean Scanlon (Red Ink Photography)42

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Phil Thomson IPA44

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Manic Berry46

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Michael Sheridan48

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Marina Filipovic50

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Phil52

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Muha54

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Ahmed Shiham56

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Toshihiro Oshima58

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Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/23/35-high-quality-pics-for-spring-inspiration/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/20/the-disturbing-beauty-of-oversaturated-pictures/
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/14/40-captivating-photos-that-depict-human-emotion/
  4. 4 http://bogantropuz.deviantart.com/
  5. 5 http://bogantropuz.deviantart.com/art/Silluette-102807667
  6. 6 http://bylaauraa.deviantart.com/
  7. 7 http://bylaauraa.deviantart.com/art/Free-Birds-103093233
  8. 8 http://lostchildclothing.deviantart.com/
  9. 9 http://lostchildclothing.deviantart.com/art/Tunnel-Silhouette-49767695
  10. 10 http://www.redbubble.com/people/sprintist
  11. 11 http://www.redbubble.com/people/sprintist/art/55344-11-16-57
  12. 12 http://mscarmen.deviantart.com/
  13. 13 http://mscarmen.deviantart.com/art/Tornado-95245736
  14. 14 http://utzel-butzel.deviantart.com/
  15. 15 http://utzel-butzel.deviantart.com/art/no-title2-78387543
  16. 16 http://www.flickr.com/people/asam/
  17. 17 http://www.flickr.com/photos/asam/382624938
  18. 18 http://www.flickr.com/people/thomashawk/
  19. 19 http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/413634446/
  20. 20 http://www.flickr.com/people/prateek_pk/
  21. 21 http://www.flickr.com/photos/prateek_pk/3223672666/
  22. 22 http://juxxo.deviantart.com/
  23. 23 http://juxxo.deviantart.com/art/Summer-43293908
  24. 24 http://threefiftydee.deviantart.com/
  25. 25 http://threefiftydee.deviantart.com/art/GotAdrenaline-2-40978472
  26. 26 http://icyblush.deviantart.com/
  27. 27 http://icyblush.deviantart.com/art/Butterfly-Flight-50625530
  28. 28 http://www.flickr.com/people/13472452@N02/
  29. 29 http://www.flickr.com/photos/13472452@N02/3282479528/
  30. 30 http://aksdareflection.deviantart.com/
  31. 31 http://aksdareflection.deviantart.com/art/Badshahi-Mosque-94617214
  32. 32 http://www.flickr.com/people/tj_scott/
  33. 33 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tj_scott/2944444128/
  34. 34 http://www.flickr.com/people/9212250@N03/
  35. 35 http://www.flickr.com/photos/9212250@N03/3453805353/
  36. 36 http://www.flickr.com/people/tj_scott/
  37. 37 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tj_scott/3385487758/
  38. 38 http://www.redbubble.com/people/scholten
  39. 39 http://www.redbubble.com/people/scholten/art/2356785-2-dawn-patrol
  40. 40 http://www.redbubble.com/people/zadiraka
  41. 41 http://www.redbubble.com/people/zadiraka/art/2851986-2-over-all-the-world
  42. 42 http://www.flickr.com/people/redinkphotography/
  43. 43 http://www.flickr.com/photos/redinkphotography/520511230/
  44. 44 http://www.redbubble.com/people/philt
  45. 45 http://www.redbubble.com/people/philt/art/2015314-3-sunrise-at-the-heads
  46. 46 http://manicberry.deviantart.com/
  47. 47 http://manicberry.deviantart.com/art/Follow-the-light-105169613
  48. 48 http://www.redbubble.com/people/farflung
  49. 49 http://www.redbubble.com/people/farflung/art/1094618-2-mandalay-sunset-2
  50. 50 http://marinshe.deviantart.com/
  51. 51 http://marinshe.deviantart.com/art/Dance-In-The-Rain-62010858
  52. 52 http://phil2001.deviantart.com/
  53. 53 http://phil2001.deviantart.com/art/Silhouette-70838868
  54. 54 http://www.flickr.com/people/muha/
  55. 55 http://www.flickr.com/photos/muha/2143275479/
  56. 56 http://www.flickr.com/people/ashiham/
  57. 57 http://www.flickr.com/photos/ashiham/2389530870/
  58. 58 http://www.flickr.com/people/tommyoshima/
  59. 59 http://www.flickr.com/photos/tommyoshima/2911640726/in/set-72157608257657897/
  60. 60 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/01/showcase-of-beautiful-shadow-photography/
  61. 61 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/18/the-beauty-of-urban-decay/
  62. 62 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/01/35-examples-of-beautiful-city-photography/
  63. 63 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  64. 64 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/23/35-high-quality-pics-for-spring-inspiration/
  65. 65 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/20/the-disturbing-beauty-of-oversaturated-pictures/
  66. 66 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/14/40-captivating-photos-that-depict-human-emotion/

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Karishma K. is a passionate photographer who features various artists and creative photographers on her own photoblog.

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  1. 1

    These photos possess a dream like quality to them. Very nostalgic…They make my heart smile. =) Thanks for sharing!!!

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    Catalina Quiroz

    May 18, 2009 12:26 pm

    images may be photoshopped or not, I still think the overall result is worth it big time.
    Great collection!

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  3. 103

    Truly amazing talent – Karishma job well done.

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  4. 154

    STUNNING.
    so great!!
    I’m just gonna stare at these for a few hours lol.

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  5. 205

    Wow! Looks great, but some of them look so unreal, they must have been photoshopped. I wonder…

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  6. 256

    very nice collection thanks

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    Vancouver photographer

    May 19, 2009 12:48 am

    All of these are excellent. Can’t say that I like one in particular because they are all good. Thanks for posting these amazing images, I would love to start adding shilhouette to my wedding photos too.
    Thanks!

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  8. 358

    here’s another one. flickr

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    Kasandria Reasoner

    May 19, 2009 6:11 am

    Wow! Those are truly breathtaking! Enjoyed reading your blog. Keep up the good work! Clicked some ads for you.
    Kas

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    Lame post… There are a few great pictures here but most don’t meet with the standard Smashing used to have. It’s a shame, posts like these make me wonder why I still follow SM at all…

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  12. 562

    Wow – nice pics!

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  13. 613

    Great selection of photographs!

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    Cool, but several images are no original photographs. Example “threefiftydee” is a ” conceptual poster” in its owner’s words.

    It would be greater if you include original images

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    Prateek Raghav

    May 22, 2009 5:15 am

    @ Meghan

    yes they have been clone stamped :) ..i did it to fill the frame coz the upper left part of the frame seemed empty and didnt attract .
    thanx for the criticism ..but had no other option

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  16. 766

    Simply Amazing! and look great :D

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    Dominika M. Frej

    May 23, 2009 2:02 pm

    Hi there! Thanks for featuring my shot. It was such a nice surprise when my friend told me she saw my photo here.
    I’m happy for choosing this one, cuz people can notice horses are gorgeous animals.

    Best wishes from Warsaw! (;

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    Bull shits

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    impressive Pictures -|-

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  20. 970

    AKSDAREFLECTION, you are very aesthetic and animated towards Nature , YOU ROCK!!!

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  21. 1021

    Wonderful, impressive photos! Just love them!

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  22. 1072

    wt a lovely click!! unbelievable photography!

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    really great!

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  24. 1174

    great.., thx..

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  25. 1225

    hellow is beautifull this image and xplication’s,

    have a nice day

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  26. 1276

    pleasure to see. keep going..

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    i would be amaze if its the original photos alone… no revision… no photoshop.

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    its heart touching photography.

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  29. 1429

    Fantastic, eye catching pics… loved them all

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    speechless…. *amaze

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    Amazing silhouettes .. very inspiring ..

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    fasinating photographs

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