A silhouette is the image of a person, an object or scene consisting of the outline and a featureless interior, with the silhouetted object usually being black. Many photographers use the technique of photographing people, objects or landscape elements against the light, to achieve an image in silhouette. The light might be natural, such as a sunset or an open doorway, a technique known as contre-jour or it might be contrived in a studio; see low-key lighting. Silhouetting occurs when there is a lighting ratio of 16:1 or greater. The exposure is set for the background, usually with an aperture at 9-11 and a shutter speed around 120-200.

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Below we present 50 Beautiful and Stunning Examples of Silhouette Photography. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

The Dream Catcher


Flying Over Rock

Desire for Freedom


Modern Dad

Surfer Silhouette

Seashore, sunset and the fisherman

Blue world

Mr. Crowned Crane A.K.A. Twinkle Toes

Misty Ride



Paris I: La Pluie

Father and Son

Some kinds of beasts


Back home

Playful Hours

Poveste de seara (evening story)

Love on the wall


Flying High

Winding up

Just Waiting!






Stag belling under the sunrise



Back home!

Rain man

The Finish Line

Clean up

Umbrella Stories


Silhouettes in the City

Silhouettes in the City

Silhouettes in the City

Sea silhouette

Sea silhouette

Reflection Kiss

Silhouette of Love


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