Weekly Photography Challenge – Shadows

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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
  • Streetlights

Have a look on an overcast day – you cannot see your own shadow.

Oiluj Samall Zeid

By Oiluj Samall Zeid

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
  • Dramatic
  • Graphic
  • 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
Hernán Piñera

By Hernán Piñera

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.

Stefano Corso

By Stefano Corso

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:

Marina Del Castell

By Marina del Castell

TumblingRun

By TumblingRun

Loren Kerns

By Loren Kerns

Shadow selfies work great sometimes too. Watch for them as you go about your day:

KimManleyOrt

By KimManleyOrt

Todd Lappin

By Todd Lappin

Hernán Piñera

By Hernán Piñera

John Sonderman

By John Sonderman

Scott Schiller

By Scott Schiller

Ian Sane

By Ian Sane

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.

Stefano Corso

By Stefano Corso

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By Kumar’s Edit

Evelyn Berg

By Evelyn Berg

Ruben Steeman

By Ruben Steeman

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Darlene Hildebrandt is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join a photo tour to Morocco.

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