idea for an assignment on silohuettes, but i need some help please

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  1. callmedna

    callmedna TPF Noob!

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    im in my first photography class and loving it so far :heart:. my professor assigned a sillohuette assignment. i had an idea to take my friend down to the beach at sunset. but i want her to be holding a sign with the quote by winston churchill that says "I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours," however i can not write it on a plain poster board because it will be silohuetted as well. i, obviously, only want the letters to be silohuetted, not the whole sign. does anyone have any ideas on how to go about this?
    thank you so much!
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    It can be done.

    The standard silhouette that you know:
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    ... and now using a simple off camera flash:
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    Or ... you could take the same pic twice (once with and once without flash), and then in photoshop, using layers bring up ONLY the sign when it was flashed and visible... that way your girl is in silhouette and the sign is clearly visible.

    Or... you could just use the silhouette layer and photoshop the sign, but then it becomes an exercise in photoshop, NOT photography.
     
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    Might be a stretch but you could cut the letter outs out of the board so the sunset shines through them aswell
     
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    callmedna TPF Noob!

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    that is a very good idea. why didnt i thinnk of that? haha. i was going through all these ridiculous solutions in my head. i tend to overthink. this is so simple.
    thank you!!
     
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    How about reflective tape, long shutter speed and a remote light source?

    Never tried that myself but now I may have to!
     
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    Well, then it wouldn't be a silhouette anymore..
     

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