So here’s how I do it.
First, to really get this done you need silhouetted images. This photo wasn’t shot that way, but I converted it to that with high contrast black and white. Plus when they were being shot, it was this client’s idea to actually do this. Luckily, it worked out to my favor later on.
To create a silhouette try to maintain as bright and distraction free of a background as you can, shoot high contrast, and brighten the whites while darkening the blacks. Max it out.
The Pattern or Background
Then you’ll need different images to work with. These work best with a variety of things like buildings, shrubbery, etc. Just try to keep both black and white out of it if you can or else it can interfere with the layers.
Some photographers specifically choose certain patterns to say something about their subjects.
The Fused App
My favorite app to do this with is called Fused, and it’s on the iPhone. You can choose your foreground, background and then adjust each layer individually. Plus you can change the style that they’re layered in.
Even better, Fused lets you make one of the layers a video. So if your silhouette is a dancing woman or a dog wagging its tale, then you can have that one be in motion while your background is something stagnant.
No, this isn’t an ad for Fused. Instead, it’s just something really cool that I’ve found. I’ve been combining it with short clips that I’ve been editing to look like 90s VHS clips. So far, it’s been working.
Go! Give it a try!