September 29, 2018
There are many ways to use silhouettes creatively in your films. Here are a few ideas.
When filmmakers talk about cinematography they often described as “painting with light.” However, great DPs don’t just know how to wield light like Picasso, they also know how to wield darkness, and one lighting technique that utilizes the dark stuff to make shots more dynamic and visually interesting is the silhouette. If you’re interested in learning more about the different ways in which you can use silhouettes effectively in your work, check out this video in which Aputure’s Ted Sim and DP David C. Weldon Jr. share four examples of silhouette lighting, how to light them, and how use them cinematically.
There are not only many other ways to utilize silhouettes but also achieve them with different lighting setups. Sim and Weldon provide step-by-step instructions on how each of their four setups were done. These are the four they demonstrate in the video: