25 Shadow Images to Inspire You

25 Shadow Images to Inspire You

Image by padawan *(xava du)

Today as I was pulling together some images for this weekend’s photo challenge (on the them of ‘Shadows’ – I’ll officially launch it later today) I found so many cool images that touched on the theme that I thought I’d pull them together into an image collection. I hope they give a little inspiration and a few ideas on how to tackle the challenge this weekend.

Image by seanmcgrath

Image by Raúl A.


Image by Jose Maria Cuellar


Image by Rob


Image by Jonathan Kos-Read


Image by Zev

Image by ElMarto

Image by thejbird

Image by d?nito

Image by icedsoul photography .:teymur madjderey

Image by Rufus Gefangenen

Image by NuageDeNuit

Image by Martino's doodles

Image by Alexbip

Image by mugley

Image by Whatknot

Image by fabbriciuse

Image by Ric e Ette

Image by Greekadman

Image by ms4jah

Image by Rickydavid

Image by kevindooley

Image by Paulo Brandão


Image by Davide Cassanello

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • jonathan pira March 12, 2011 08:47 am

    This is a great work of art...Fantastic...hope to create such creative photo artwork...

  • Vikas February 9, 2011 04:23 am

    Can you please help on how to avoid bubbles while taking night shots with Digital Camera like Sony DSC-H55.

  • James September 16, 2010 05:35 am

    i must say this is interesting, because looking at the pictures, i wouldn't ahve noticed the shadows very much if not for the title of this topic.
    knowing that the photos are there specially for the photos makes me pay extra attention to it and it makes me realised how such a subtle thing influences the whole mood of a picture. this is somehing i'll take note when taking shots in the future.

  • gordon June 17, 2010 03:26 pm

    sun blasting thru snow covered trees (my dub) by Paulo Brandao is what i like to call a "wallhanger"! amazing!

  • Sylvain Letellier May 31, 2010 03:34 pm

    Great source of inspiration. I really love to one from greekadman, nice post production job. And the lighting on thr one from d?nito is amazing too. Here is a tentative of mine to use shadow. Always happy to get comments and advices. http://photo.sylvainletellier.com
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/23543178@N06/4629657387/' title='Chicago ete 2008 (5 of 11)' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4065/4629657387_18ce8f68f3.jpg']

  • Piotr Golebiowski May 29, 2010 08:06 pm

    Here's one of mine - inspired by Elliott Erwitt:

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/piotr_golebiowski/3944545608/' title='Brickman' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3512/3944545608_4b337e4d94.jpg']

  • nurilla iryani May 27, 2010 12:28 am

    COOL!! love all of it! :D

  • peich May 26, 2010 04:57 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/11399082@N04/4639787670/' title='P1010186' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4009/4639787670_cab41eab0e.jpg']

  • stanley May 26, 2010 03:18 am

    wow I love all this pictures :)

  • hamad May 25, 2010 06:22 pm


  • Alina Bradford May 25, 2010 03:25 pm

    Here is one of my shadow experiments. The photo is of my husband sitting in our living room. I love how the shadow frames his head.
    [eimg url='http://i121.photobucket.com/albums/o221/alinasandor/20100131_15.jpg' title='20100131_15.jpg']

  • ALEXANDER SANCHEZ May 24, 2010 11:47 pm

    this is another one

  • Melissa Mercier May 23, 2010 05:22 am

    Roy Arden has great examples of this. One of my favorites can bee= seen here: http://www.royarden.com/pages/photo1.html

  • Tara May 22, 2010 10:26 pm

    expecting your idea and comments..

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/begumf/4626013039/' title='Who’s for whom in this world?' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3318/4626013039_bdbaa0b540.jpg']
    [eimg url='[http://www.flickr.com/photos/begumf/4581433444]' title='4581433444]']

  • Tara May 22, 2010 10:24 pm

    I loved this kind of photography !!
    thanks a lot for sharing ...
    from my side submitting 2 .. expecting your comments and idea...

    1. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/begumf/4626013039]

    2. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/begumf/4581433444]

  • Shaun George May 22, 2010 09:32 pm

    I agree, the inclusion of shadow elements can be a dramatic compositional technique.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/23641763@N08/4581041237/' title='Cabana shadows' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4064/4581041237_d3d0b97e6a.jpg']

  • Alexander Sánchez May 22, 2010 10:42 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/alexander_sanchez/2770267000/' title='Sombras' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3002/2770267000_27ca39f652_o.jpg']

  • Alexander Sánchez May 22, 2010 10:41 am

    Look my photo of shadows, i think it looks nice


  • Ashwani May 22, 2010 12:11 am

    It is really great and inspiring.
    Great Regards for all the members of DPS

  • Taiwo May 21, 2010 10:45 pm

    The pictures are simply awesome. I was simply mesmerized. I never really knew that shadows could bring out such breathtaking results. I wish i could get a tutorial on shadows.

  • Charo May 21, 2010 06:40 pm

    Im a bit behind... still interested in the fences but some of the shadow phots are great thanks for sharing

  • Marzia May 21, 2010 06:15 pm

    These articles are very inspiring, I also love the images in the comments..very useful!! Thank you for all your work!!
    And have a nice weekend!!

  • Alexander Sánchez May 21, 2010 02:55 pm

    Look at this photo, shadows are fine!

  • Rodnei Reis May 21, 2010 12:10 pm

    Very inspiring, thanks for share!

    Here one of mine that I made this weekend:

  • Swamy Ramchandran May 21, 2010 11:41 am

    Superb article... inspiring!

  • Ely Dennis May 21, 2010 11:14 am

    Great article and wonderful images!!!

  • Antonio Rodriguez May 21, 2010 05:53 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonyarrj/4612091178/' title='Selfportrait' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1004/4612091178_30aed8524d.jpg']

  • Zechariah May 21, 2010 05:07 am

    Photo 7, Uh did that guy just bury someone? :)

  • Renato Buti May 21, 2010 03:54 am

    Beautiful inapiration!

    Two of mine:


  • Renato Buti May 21, 2010 03:53 am

    Beautiful inapiration!

    Two of mine:

  • Leslie May 21, 2010 03:23 am

    Inspiring images. Now I have to play with my shadow boxing

  • Amnon May 21, 2010 03:12 am

    Here's a photo I took of someone fishing in the Milford track in New Zealand.
    [eimg url='http://lh6.ggpht.com/_1GC7b9n3fdQ/R2S9EsifUDI/AAAAAAAAGpM/qttip-RAsLs/s800/DSC_0084.JPG' title='DSC_0084.JPG']

    If you like to see more, please visit the entire album at http://picasaweb.google.com/amnon.is/Milford

  • Robert Frank May 21, 2010 03:08 am

    I like this one.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdfrank67/4465386630/' title='The Shadow Knows' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4015/4465386630_bf1cc45448.jpg']

  • dni May 21, 2010 03:06 am

    Very good shot's!


  • Gerard May 21, 2010 02:53 am

    I took this shot on my way home from work one Spring evening...

    The light is reflected from a building across the street.


  • dni May 21, 2010 02:50 am

  • M. Laranjeira May 21, 2010 02:26 am

    Great inspiration!

    I invite you to see that shots I did some time ago:




  • MARIO NARANJO MOLINA May 21, 2010 02:21 am

    I really enjoy your web page. I eagerly wait every week for the new comments and tutorials on photography to arrive. Thanks. I hope you like this link to flickr on one of my shadow photography.
    I expect some comments. Is that possible?


  • Vidya Poyilath May 21, 2010 02:04 am


  • Vidya Poyilath May 21, 2010 02:00 am

    Breathtaking collection...

    This one is from my 365days project in flickr.. so far the only one with my shadow :)

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/vpoyilat/3374652581/' title='Day 66/365 : The window of opportunities :)' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3652/3374652581_d85f95eb92.jpg']

  • bobtan May 21, 2010 01:57 am

    like your photos & style also very inspiring

  • Muntasir Kareem May 18, 2010 02:28 pm

    Apologies for the delay posting....

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/40201815@N07/4537806717/' title='camelbak' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4042/4537806717_37b8ff1843.jpg']

  • Roz May 17, 2010 11:09 pm

    I really like these "inspiration" posts of collections of images around a theme

    Often find them as helpful as the tutorials... Can we have more like this please?

  • thomas May 17, 2010 05:50 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsnk/3651949296/' title='Stolen light' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2474/3651949296_1748388247.jpg']

  • thomas May 17, 2010 05:49 pm

    Wow ! extra shots !

    One of mine :

  • Christopher aka Paul May 17, 2010 02:07 pm

    Sweet stuff, thanks for posting the motivating images.

  • Sylvia at Hamsa Shawls May 17, 2010 02:24 am

    Beautifully inspiring, thank you! The shadow on Silk by Rufus Gefangenen and forest shadows by Paulo Brandão are wonderful, leaving us to enjoy a quiet sense of mystery.

  • José May 16, 2010 01:41 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/moi_a_haute_voix/4306931283/' title='fragilidad' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4306931283_573946e7f9.jpg']

  • Businka! May 16, 2010 12:47 am


  • Joel May 16, 2010 12:25 am

    Thanks a lot for this. I used to see shadow as a nuisance but this collection of photos has definitely changed my mind. Looking forward to getting creative with shadows now !

  • chris May 15, 2010 07:33 pm

    can you do a tutorial on shadows? love the effect

  • hpc May 15, 2010 07:03 pm

    Funny as I made some of shadow photos latetly

    and the photo by whatnot reminded me of these two

  • Mei Teng May 15, 2010 10:54 am

    I love all the shadow themed photos! Very good collection.

  • Sonny Dimaliwat May 15, 2010 10:11 am

    very nice pictures

  • Nicole May 15, 2010 09:56 am

    I LOVE the hot air balloon shadow.... There's something about the sky just intrigues me.

  • Isabel bush May 15, 2010 06:52 am

    lovely photos. very inspiring. here is a link to a photo I took last year inside forbidden caverns in Tenn:
    http://quietamidstthestorm.blogspot.com/2010/05/cave-shadows.html .The shadow cast on the wall of the cave looks quite interesting.

  • Frank Worth May 15, 2010 06:25 am

    Very Nice Work

  • Franky May 15, 2010 05:45 am

    Wow u just found those in your collection. My god there good. I think u just made it a little harder, but I'll try:-)

  • Kimberli Swenson May 15, 2010 04:52 am

    This is a better image than the last one I shared. The ant was actually a surprise and not what I was trying to shoot.
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberli/4547666380/' title='' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4547666380_7dacc4039b.jpg']

  • Kimberli Swenson May 15, 2010 04:39 am

    Beautiful! Truly inspiring.
    Here is one of my own...[eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberli/4547666380/' title='' url='http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4008/4547666380_7dacc4039b.jpg']

  • Karen Stuebing May 15, 2010 03:49 am

    Awesome photos! The Daily Shoot today is shadows. Can I steal one of these? J/K.

    I'm at work so haven't downloaded mine yet but it's pitiful compared to these.

  • anil May 15, 2010 03:48 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/anilbhatt/4599181994/' title='' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1027/4599181994_9b9e43f326.jpg']

  • Paul Howard May 15, 2010 03:41 am

    (forgive me if I already sent this - PC problems today)
    VERY cool images. I've tried some like this and only managed this one so far:

  • Jason Collin Photography May 15, 2010 02:55 am

    I like the shadow boxer image, great background, and also the guy with a shovel and the great orange sky.

    A recent bride-groom shadow shot I made in between actual real shots:


    This shadow collection was not what I expected, but that's good!

  • Amir Paz May 15, 2010 02:48 am

    using shadows to give an interesting interpertation of reality makes the image so much more interesting...

    lovely works shown in this post !

    here is one i made to give a diffrent. and more unusual perspective of what is the most known palm trees

    row in israel:


  • Paul Howard May 15, 2010 02:22 am

    VERY cool! I've tried a few with shadows, but nothing as cool as these. The only decent one I have so far was this one[eimg url='http://howardpa.zenfolio.com/p970917278/h1f02ce1f#h1f02ce1f' title='h1f02ce1f#h1f02ce1f']
    The rest of my pics at http://howardpa.zenfolio.com

  • Danferno May 15, 2010 01:48 am

    The hot air balloon is amazing

  • Paulo Sacramento May 15, 2010 01:38 am

    I’ve been trying to experiment some new things and here is what I’ve achieved :
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/3518319114/' title='Perfume' url='http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3388/3518319114_502f6d92cb.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/4413579985/' title='Against the sun' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2762/4413579985_ed0db00e86.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/4232795060/' title='Revolution' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2747/4232795060_1073f06a03.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/4120429952/' title='The Way' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2651/4120429952_61798045fd.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/1198699577/' title='Vértice do desencontro' url='http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1389/1198699577_d1fbfff86c.jpg']
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulosacramento/206484863/' title='Turn on your shoes' url='http://farm1.static.flickr.com/57/206484863_9abe8bf64d.jpg']

  • Paulo Sacramento May 15, 2010 01:35 am

    I've been trying to experiment some new things and here is what I've achieved :

  • Jen at Cabin Fever May 15, 2010 01:08 am

    My goodness these are amazing! The hot air balloon one took my breath away. spectacular!

    My Photo Blog::: Northeast Kingdom Photography Blog

    My Daily Life Blog::: Cabin Fever in Vermont

  • Chris May 15, 2010 12:52 am

    Great shots!

    A favorite shadow pic of mine: http://www.flickr.com/photos/zero101/4164367720/

  • Nicholas May 15, 2010 12:36 am

    I was experimenting with shadows, without actually having shadows, and drew the shadow directly on the backdrop (which is my computer monitor) in illustrator.

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/thejerkstorecalled/4226932475/' title='Free Hugs Dunny' url='http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2661/4226932475_82ef676c3b.jpg']

  • Shutterstock May 15, 2010 12:24 am

    quite cool. thank your for your efforts.