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Important tips for silhouette street photography of birds with bright or colourful sky
Birds sitting on walls, tree tops and street electricity wires against the plane bright sky or during sunset and sunrise can be the subject of silhouette photography. It is often said that for hobbyist, even a bright day can provide the occasion for street photography with birds sitting on wires or trees.

Following a few simple tips, with the bright or colourful sky as the background one can get reasonable silhouette images of birds. The backlight of the sky for the subject is helpful to show its outline suitable for shape images.

Optics tells us that when there is backlight, the subject gets thrown into shadow to hide texture and colours and this leaves the shape alone to be photographed. Therefore, the first tip is to shoot the side profile of the bird rather than shooting it head on.

Since the birds on the electrical wires on a bright day can be isolated against the sky. Although one can shoot silhouettes of birds practically in any weather but they look more impressive when shot against a deep blue sky on a bright day or crimson sky before the sunset or sunrise when the sun is low.

Second tip is regarding camera setting which is very crucial in such photography. Never, use the auto modes since your camera will refuse you to give you a perfect exposure. Better set your camera to aperture priority mode to choose an aperture around f/8.

The third tip is to choose a low ISO setting of between 100 and 200. And, the fourth tip is to adjust your camera angle to get the best outline of your subject.

Last of all, go for a negative exposure compensation with a setting between -1 and -3 EV in the camera. The thumb rule is that the more the sky included in the image, the lesser should be negative compensation.

After the camera setting is over, half press the shutter and move the camera and its angle to recompose the scene with a sharp outline of the subject.

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