focal length: 27 mm
shutter speed: 1/100
aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 1250
flash: none

Our last challenge for our photo club was silhouettes. Silhouettes intrigue me because although your main subject becomes a kind of “negative space”, it can still be the primary focal point. Although this is certainly up for debate, for me at least, in the image above, the subject in the center of the photo is my main focal point. The edge of the silhouette is sharp and my eyes are drawn to it. The background is slightly out of focus, which helps keep the focus on the person in front of the tank. The background, although not the main subject, is still a very important part of the silhouette as it creates an interesting backdrop for the blacked out subject.

Visit our photo club’s blog to check out some amazing silhouettes created by other members of the club. Tackling this photo challenge really helped us to view positive and negative space differently and taught us how to effectively expose the scene so that we can create this interesting effect. Meter and expose for the background, which should be a few stops brighter than your subject. You can enhance the silhouette in post processing by increasing the blacks. Simple isn’t it?

I’d love to see some of your silhouette shots. If you don’t have any, then why not give it a go?

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit