Statue of St. John of Nepomuk on Charles Bridge on River Vltava, Prague
Silhouette Photography is a great way to capture the colors of the sky. They are mostly taken during sunset or sunrise.
Here are some tips to taking interesting silhouettes pics that I have picked up over the years and now sharing with anyone who might be interested:
Choose a good subject
Remember that the details in the subject will be lost and so you want to make sure that the subject has a strong distinctive outline. The fact that the details will be lost is great when the subject has a lot of distracting colors.
Point at the Sun
Point the camera towards the sun. When you do this, the light from the sun is illuminating the other side of your subject and you are shooting the side of the subject which is dark.
For Manual Camera Users
Meter for the subject and underexpose the photograph by a few stops. This will ensure that the subject is dark and also gives you the most colors in the sky. You could also choose to just meter for the sky itself.
For Automatic Camera Users
Most modern point and shoots let you set the exposure on your camera.. you’ll probably see this as +/- EV setting. Set this to -3 EV if possible. The other way to ensure you get the exposure you want is to point the camera towards the sky, half click the shutter release button. When you half click the shutter release button, the camera takes a meter reading and adjusts the camera to expose for the sky. Now, while keeping the shutter release half clicked, point the camera to the subject. Once you’ve framed the subject you wanted, you can press the button completely to take the picture.