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Captivating Examples of Silhouette Photography

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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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 Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/23/35-high-quality-pics-for-spring-inspiration/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/20/the-disturbing-beauty-of-oversaturated-pictures/
  3. 3 https://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 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/01/showcase-of-beautiful-shadow-photography/
  61. 61 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/18/the-beauty-of-urban-decay/
  62. 62 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/02/01/35-examples-of-beautiful-city-photography/
  63. 63 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/09/07/35-brilliant-examples-of-rain-photography/
  64. 64 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/23/35-high-quality-pics-for-spring-inspiration/
  65. 65 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/20/the-disturbing-beauty-of-oversaturated-pictures/
  66. 66 https://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.

  1. 1

    José Padilla

    May 17, 2009 5:51 am

    Simply Amazing!

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    Truly Inspiring!
    Love it!

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    AWESOME examples!! awesome!!

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    Amazing Pictures!

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    ProjectCenter

    May 17, 2009 6:28 am

    Very nice, and true it is dramatic and mysterious. Thanks.

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  6. 6

    There are some simply amazing photos here! Love Smashing Magazine’s themed photo roundups. Although I’m not huge into photography, there are astoundingly inspiring!

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  7. 7

    Although I am always very impressed by the photos you are showing, I slowly miss the very good webdesign part of Smashing Magazine…

    (SM) Please take a look at other posts from this and last weeks – we have published a whole bunch of web design-related posts!

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  8. 8

    nice collection Karishma.. very dynamic.

    DKumar M.
    @instantshift

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    wonderful

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    Felipe L.B.

    May 17, 2009 8:31 am

    incrível!

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    Floris Fiedeldij Dop

    May 17, 2009 8:52 am

    What? No iPod picture? :D

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  12. 12

    You missed the most amazing silhouette from NASA of the space shuttle in front of the sun. http://bit.ly/wauIV

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  13. 13

    Very nice!

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  14. 14

    Great images, wow! I am just asking myself: where ends photography and where starts photoshop? I don’t think all of these pictures have been just taken as they are – this would be realy stunning. But anyway, the result is really great and that’s what counts.

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    crazy-coderz

    May 17, 2009 10:19 am

    very nice and stunning

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    Will Reinhardt

    May 17, 2009 12:26 pm

    Very cool! I think that Atlantis docking with Hubble for repairsvia Flickr, silhouetted by the sun should be considered as well.

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  17. 17

    I agree with #12 | Mark, bu apart from that they’re all stunning.

    Well done!

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  18. 18

    beautiful! i just twittered this :)

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  19. 19

    wow!!! amazing pics…..impressive

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    :D SUPER

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