A good silhouette can be an amazing picture. Without seeing any actual real detail of our subject other than the outline, they can suggest all kinds of mood and emotion in an image. Silhouettes can be both scary and romantic depending on the form of the figure, or figures. They can tell a story, simply by the environment behind them. They can also tell us a lot about the person, beyond what they look like.
One generally hears “how do I shoot a silhouette?” far more often than actually seeing good silhouettes, though. I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve heard the question asked. But, they’re actually really easy to do. In this video from The Slanted Lens, Jay P Morgan walks us through the process of creating a silhouettes.