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need help with my nikon d70

by kcampbell6978 / March 10, 2008 5:05 AM PDT

i am taking dig photography in school and i am having a hard time figuring out how to do silouette and backlight subject can someone help me email is

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Silhouette Photography
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 10, 2008 10:51 AM PDT

Since you are in school, you will understand a criticism.

Silouette is spelled "silhouette".

A common spelling error.

Most silhouette photography is done in the late evening, just before the sun goes down.
With a bright sky and and a foreground that is not lit by the sun or a flash.

So rule one is....turn off the flash
Rule two is get the camera out of "Auto" mode.

You usually want to underexpose the shot.

I am not going to try to get too detailed because there are hundreds of people who have written a "how to" on the subject.

Go to
Type in "Silhouette Photography"

You will get a list of links to explore.
Start at the top.


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by kcampbell6978 / March 10, 2008 12:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Silhouette Photography

Thanks for the help. I am heading out to Washington D.C. so I will try some out. In my photography class *college* we are taught to start out class out with the camera being in manual he does not allow us to submit anything in auto. I did not realize how in depth photography was until this class and I am sort of a picture fanatic and I hope that this class will help me out.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / March 10, 2008 11:45 PM PDT
In reply to: silhouette

Your instructor wants you to learn and understand the basics of photography. And that starts with how shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings interact to create the perfect exposure.

Auto mode is very good at handling exposure, but there is a limit to what Auto mode can do. Silhouette is one of those limits. Back-lighting is another.

The more you learn the better you will be as a picture fanatic.
Hang in is worth the effort.


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