Northern Virginia Realtors: Grass on White. How to Photograph Silhouettes.

Grass on White. How to Photograph Silhouettes.

fairfax and loudoun county realtors, how to photograph silhouettes

Shots like this are very easy to make. Whether you want to make a silhouette outside of a person or a small one inside like this, the idea is similar. Have the light behind the object and use no flash. Outside you will have to experiment more but inside you can control all factors.

fairfax and loudoun county realtors  For this shot I used the same little grass plant I used the other night for Grass On Black, BUT instead of a black cloth back drop I hung a piece of white felt in a bright window and put the grass plant in front and shot away with no flash.

I like the minimalist style and the feathery look of the plant that resulted.

By the way none of the shots that I post are straight out of the camera. I use Adobe Lightroom and the free app. Picasa to make adjustments.

If you are not doing any post processing of your photos, give it a try. It is easy to learn and there are a million tutorials on YOUTUBE.


fairfax and loudoun county realtorsYou can really improve the look of your work without buying more expensive equipment, if you wil learn to process.

Even the so called film purists of old were masters of chemical manipulation in the dark room to achieve the look they wanted.

Ansel Adams the great black and white photographer of western landscapes said that "you do not TAKE a Make a photograph."

If you wonder why the photos that come from your camera do not look like many of the published shots, one BIG factor is that the professionals are processing geniuses as well as great shooters. It's all part of making art no?

Don't be afraid to experiment outside your comfort zone. There is no film cost... the electrons are free






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Moving to Northern Virginia? We can help. 

With the some of the nation's highest median family income counties, outstanding schools and a hot job market driving it all, you should move to Fairfax, Loudoun or Prince William counties.

Here is a photo tour of home styles and countryside that you can expect to find in Northern Virginia:


Why pay more and get less when selling your home? Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway use professional photographers, create interactive photo floor plans, print full color brochures, and make an individual property website for your listing that goes out to 40+ public real estate search sites including, Trulia, Zillow etc.


We also create a custom photo tour that is sent to other agents and prospective buyers.



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Jan and Steve Bachman are full time Realtors® with RE/MAX, specializing in Homes for Sale in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties.



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Comment balloon 17 commentsSteve and Jan Bachman • December 06 2012 02:29PM


Good have creative results.   Thank you!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 7 years ago

Real Estate or Photography... You are the master :)

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 7 years ago

The fore cast is for 3-5 inches of the white stuff by sunday.  I will have plenty of white by then.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) over 7 years ago

Steve, That's the great thing about digital photos, the opportunity to play, reset, try again until you get what you want :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 7 years ago

Hi Steve,

I have never heard of Adobe Lighthouse. I use Ribbet and iPccy. Is Lighthouse free or is it just a trial offer for a limited time? Great photo!

Posted by Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor, (909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning (Sun Lakes Realty) over 7 years ago

Your last sentence has said it all, "Electrons are free."  That fact has liberated many a photographer to take as many shots as necessary in a quest for those that are more perfect!  Great tips, Steve!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 7 years ago

Steve ~ Thanks for the tips! I've been experimenting a little, as time allows, photography is a lot of fun.

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hi Steve, I purchased a Plug-in ( Topaz Fusion HDR ) for Aperture and Lightroon and experimented for about a half hour today in Lightroom 3. I used a photo of a pair of B-52's that I photographed last year at the Naval Aviation Centennial Air Parade. ( About 250 plans from the bi-plane to todays most sphisticated jets). I used the photo because it had not been previously adjusted and the 2 planes were on the dark side with a full bright blue sky. Usually I would enhance detail and light. In the HDR adjustment there were many more details and textures even including exhaust smoke that was barely visable in the original unprocessed photo. You will love the plug-ins for Lightroom. Go to and you will find they are very affordable. 

Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) over 7 years ago


Photography is a passion. I'm glad we got to disuss it somewhat at the last two meet-ups.


Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Steve, That is a great post!  I love using Picasa, I have recently downloaded Gimp for free, it is a much more complex photo editing software, but it too is free.  I am looking forward to learning how to make art with my photos!  Have a great day!

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 7 years ago

I love the quote by Ansel Adams. I've become quite dependent on IPiccy myself.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) over 7 years ago
I like that quote. Hey, neat, you've started giving tips!
Posted by Cheryl Ritchie, Southern Maryland 301-980-7566 (RE/MAX Leading Edge over 7 years ago

Thank you Li. Stay warm on your beautiful island.

John don't go over the top man.

Bill. it was 70 degrees today :-)

Bliz, I use all the free electons I can. Digital has opened this hobby to all.

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 7 years ago

Kristin, Lightroom is about 100 bucks depending where you get it.

Myrl, Indeed. It is a pleasure to shoot now when you do not have to guard every shot and wait for processing to see it no?

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 7 years ago

Thanks Diane. Lots of good tutorials on Youtube.

William I have read good things about Topaz and will check it out.

Rich I am enjoying it more all the time.

Thanks Tony, this is sort of photo is very different form my usual landscape I learned a lot.


Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 7 years ago

Jill, there are great youtube videos of Adams.

Get the camera out of the box Cheryl :-)

Posted by Steve and Jan Bachman, Realtors - Northern Virginia (RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax ) over 7 years ago

Hmm I have been learning to photograph silhouettes for a long time now. I referred to online essay writing servicefor this but did not help much. I am indeed happy that this tutorial turned out to be helpful!

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