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.
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.
On sunny spring and fall days, look for silhouettes of flowers and foliage on adjoining sidewalks.
Parking lots are perfect places to find shadows and painted directional lines add color.
Also be aware of abstract images. What is seen as a shadow is often not what’s seen in reality.
People wearing specific types of clothing, like hats, make for interesting subjects.
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.
Sun streaming in through windows creates playful shadows, too, especially for those of you who have plants, art, and knickknacks in the vicinity.
Horizontal and vertical lines always add texture to your shadow pictures. In the example below, I used them to frame my selfie.
Introduce shadow-friendly objects in your picture and let your viewers guess what they are.
Shadow pictures often evoke feelings and I used this one to show respect to my departed friend.
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.
More info on the web . . .
- How To Create Intriguing Shadow Photos With Your iPhone: Also check out all the tutorials offered by the iPhone Photography School
- 5 Quick Tips for Awesome Shadow Photography Images: from Photodoto.com
- How To Capture Amazing Shadow Photos: Article by Christina Harman on Contrastly.com
- Photographing The Perfect Shadow: by David Peterson on digital-photo-secrets.com
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