To have a strong shadow you must have a hard light source, one that is small and harsh. That includes:
- Direct sunlight
- A spotlight
- A bright flashlight
Have a look on an overcast day – you cannot see your own shadow.
Weekly Photography Challenge – Shadows
This week it’s your job to find and photography some shadows (like these). Keep in mind what a good shadow photograph is:
- Shows the shape of something easily identifiable
- About shapes and form
- Often found late in the day or early morning when the sun is low and the shadows are longer
On the other side of the coin also consider what is not a shadow:
- A silhouette
- A reflection
The image above is a silhouette not a shadow. The light is coming from behind the subject and while there is a shadow the outline of the subject is the actual person not a shadow. This is the key difference.
In the image above the outlines are reflections, not shadows.
Be clear on the difference between the three when you head out to shoot your shadows like these:
Shadow selfies work great sometimes too. Watch for them as you go about your day:
Share your images below:
Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.