A silhouette is defined as an outline that appears dark against a light background. More specifically, it is where your subject is seen as a black shape without detail against a brighter background.

Several things require attention when photographing a silhouette. Here’s how to Photograph Silhouettes. Firstly, the contrast between the subject and the background has to bee extensive. So the light has to shine from behind of the subject.

Silhouettes are a wonderful way to convey drama, mystery, emotion and mood to the viewers of your photos. Objects silhouetted against the setting sun or a halo of light are breathtaking. Art silhouette pictures are a great way to make your photography portfolio stand out.

We hope you enjoy these 30 stunning examples of  Silhouette Photographs.

( photo by Thomas Hawk )

( photo  by Phottographer from phuket )

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( photo by sharkbait )

( photo by Random Images from The Heartland )

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( photo by pmarella )

( photo by muha.. )

( photo by marj k )

( photo by T J Scott )

( photo by prateek_pk, someone gift me a pro account )

( photo by T J Scott )

( photo by Wei Bunn )

( photo by Thomas Hawk )

( photo by Philipp Klinger )

( photo by an untrained eye )

( photo by T J Scott )

( photo by tanakawho )

( photo by ahmed(John) )

( photo by Tomaocron )

( photo by carf )

( photo by Mr.Bones )

( photo by six_austins )

(photo by simpologist )


( photo by Kevin Fleming {Delaware photographer} )

( photo by mk_lynx )

( photo by Thomas Hawk )

( photo by shoothead )

( photo by >voj< )

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( photo by FalSal )

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  1. what amazing photos. I have seen a few before but they are still some to behold. great work to those photographers that spent time and effort to getting these just right. They make it look like it’s easy and can be done with one shot. Although, some very well may have.

  2. Fantastic feature! Must have taken time to collate all of these beautiful pictures. Hope you don’t mind if I cross-link this to my site.

  3. These are some really great pics. I think the silhouettes are enhanced by the brilliant surrounding colors.

  4. Beautiful use of dramatic light/shadow images. Evoke the imagination of the veiwer. Thanx for the show

  5. This is an amazing collection of images. There is something stunning about silhouette photography and the emotion that it can convey. I especially love the one by T.J. Scott of the mother and daughter at sunset.

    At CanvasPop (http://www.canvaspop.com) we have seen people starting to enlarge their own pictures and printing on canvas.

  6. Amazing collection….. no more words. pictures says 1000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 of words

  7. Just Beautiful, every single one. The picture of the ocean with a guy setting up his photography equipment really caught my eye, how stunning. They were all incredible.

    Thank you…

  8. They are good but I don’t understand whats so striking about the woman walking in front of the shopping centre thats more like Stalking example.

  9. great photos with several silhouettes! Of course I am partial to balloons,kites,umbrellas,zebras…colour in general!! I feel life should be full of color.

  10. Such beautifully captured moments in time. Absolutely love silhouettes. use them in my poetry often! Thank you for sharing. Elizabeth Abbott

  11. I’ve been to one of those places. The one with all the neon colored lights is in Hong Kong. I saw that and my Mission group did the exact same thing. Incredible pictures. Simply amazing.

  12. Stunning! These are literally mind-blowing. Thanks for the collection. You really want to make me grab my camera (or give it up at all).

  13. Great Photos!!!

    It shows well how simple life can be when the focus is wider and becomes precious in pictures like these.
    Thanks for sharing !

  14. … Some of them just look like cut cardboard, so they look ugly, but some do look great.
    I still don’t like neither apreciate this type of photography but oh well, keep ’em comin’

  15. Beautiful timing and excellent pictures on silhouette..half the job is done wen you choose a strong subject..flash is not advised..one of the best tip for silhouette photography is keeping the objects distinct and uncluttered..thanx for sharing this wonderful images…

  16. Very nice examples of Silhouette Photography, the colours and subjects look really nice too.

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