How to Take Photos of Shadows

Reach for your cell phone’s camera to take pictures whenever a potential shadow-shot appears in front of your eyes.

Be ready to take photos on bright, sunny days because those are the ones in which shadows really pop!

You’ll find interesting images near fences, plants, benches and of course, people. Best? Shadow photography provides the ultimate selfies! If you are lucky, touches of color can show up in your otherwise monotone snapshot for added interest.

Shadow photography selfie of author

Always be on the alert for a good shot. The photo below, for example, is a picture of me taking a grocery cart back to its station.

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Shadow Photography – grocery cart and person

On sunny spring and fall days, look for silhouettes of flowers and foliage on adjoining sidewalks.

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Shadow photography of small group of flowers

Parking lots are perfect places to find shadows and painted directional lines add color.

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Shadow photography images of two people

Also be aware of abstract images. What is seen as a shadow is often not what’s seen in reality.

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Shadow photography of miscellaneous plants

People wearing specific types of clothing, like hats, make for interesting subjects.

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Shadow photographs of two people

Pay attention to where the sun is in the sky. The shadow pictures you take in the morning will completely change in context at noon as well as later in the day.

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Shadow photograph of person with trekking poles

Sun streaming in through windows creates playful shadows, too, especially for those of you who have plants, art, and knickknacks in the vicinity.

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Shadow photography of statues

Horizontal and vertical lines always add texture to your shadow pictures. In the example below, I used them to frame my selfie.

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Shadow photograph of person descending a staircase

Introduce shadow-friendly objects in your picture and let your viewers guess what they are.

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Shadow photograph of person with walker

Shadow pictures often evoke feelings and I used this one to show respect to my departed friend.

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Shadow photograph of hanging vines

Last, be sure to capture exaggerated shadows of very tiny plants for highly graphical imagery. You might have to get down on your knees to capture it.

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Shadow photograph of two flowers

 

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