Light Stalking

15 Amazing Photos That Will Show You How Silhouettes Can Be Used Creatively in Photography

There are various composition tools that you can utilize when framing a photograph. Perspective, color, space, symmetry, leading lines, shape, juxtaposition, and rule of thirds, among others, are all different types of composition tools at your disposal.

The list of terms mentioned above might seem daunting to someone starting out in photography but when seen in a visual form by way of examples, it becomes much easier to understand. In this post, we're going to look at examples of how silhouettes can be used in photography to emphasize shape and create amazing shots.

Backlit subjects produce silhouettes and can often provide you with a storytelling element and add a sense of mystery to your photographs. Portraits, landscapes, street photographs, abstracts- silhouettes work great in all of these situations and many more. We hope that this photo collection inspires you to create such shots of your own!

If you'd like to get better at photographic composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, do take a look at Kent DuFault's guide on advanced composition, but for now, let's sit back and enjoy these photographs.

Photo by Dragan

Photo by Takashi Hososhima

Photo by Boris Thaser

Photo by Giuseppe Milo

Photo by Jon Bunting

Photo by Boris Thaser

Photo by Yasin Hassan

Photo by Gabriel Caparó

Photo by amira_a

Photo by Dino Quinzani

Photo by Georgie Pauwels

Photo by Torsten Reuschling

Photo by Dwayne Bent

Photo by Lenny K Photography

Photo by Archangel12

Photo by Rama V


Take Your Photography Composition to the Next Level

If you would like to improve your photography composition and learn concepts that go beyond the basics, we recommend Photzy’s best-selling guide Advanced Composition for an in-depth training on the subject. With this guide, you will learn how to see light, shadow, lines, curves, repetition, juxtaposition and much more, and also develop the skills of anticipation, pre-visualization and timing. Click here now to check it out.