Fishermen, Chad

Photograph by Gordon Gahan, National Geographic

When working with silhouettes it is important to consider each figure in the frame, even those in the distance, because the high contrast will make every figure pop. In this shot, photographer Gordon Gahan has wisely gotten very low and shot through the fishing net. He has captured the perfect story-telling moment of fish and figures in silhouette. —Annie Griffiths

Photo Tip: When photographing a high contrast scene, know that the body language of every figure will read more powerfully than in normal light. If the scene is full of activity, it will take very thoughtful shooting to capture the right moment.

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