Weekly Photography Challenge – Shadows


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


By TumblingRun

Loren Kerns

By Loren Kerns

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


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

Kumar's Edit

By Kumar’s Edit

Evelyn Berg

By Evelyn Berg

Ruben Steeman

By Ruben Steeman

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  • Raja Ram Mohan Roy.S

    On A Sunny Day At Beach 🙂

  • Robert M

    Of course, I didn’t have my dslr with me when I found this but thought worked great for shadows.

  • Adrian Segovia
  • Coachz

    I posted this earlier but with three others the shadows were eliminated and it ended up as a silhouette.

  • Coachz

    The gnome with visitor garden, Tryon, NC

  • Adrian Segovia

    @work @afternoon

  • Adrian Segovia

    greetings from Mexico City #CDMX

  • Sherine Price

    6th Street Grooviness in Austin Texas

  • Dave

    Flying high…

  • joe

    Thank you Disqdan

  • Alams Arun

    I can’t upload my photo…! Any Help ?

  • Caitlin Patterson

    Shadows in the Utah desert, see https://instagram.com/caitlinmpatterson/ for a other photos including shadows

  • Janet Harper

    Lovely ideas.

  • Jophin John

    By Jophin John.

  • Kimberly
  • Claire M

    Here’s my contribution 🙂 The sunlight shone through the glass ware, creating interesting patterns on the table cloth, while I was dining out at lunchtime.

  • Bridgette Polson
  • Gwendoline de Backer

    By Gwen

  • ash boodram

    This was taken at a beach called Toco in the island of Trinidad. I’m a real novice…sorry for the poor quality.

  • joe

    it’s like a clock

  • L M Medine

    Take in Port Hudson Louisiana at a Civil Ware Reenactment.

  • “On Camelback” (Nikon D3100 – f/3.5 – 50mm – 1/1000sec – ISO100).
    From my travel/photo blog on Rajasthan.

  • http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Photography/Photographic-Effects/i-HLH5xMx/6/X2/GPP_2757-X2.jpg A dock in Point Pelee NAtional Park in southwestern Ontario.

  • Mark Alan Irwin

    These were taken a while ago on my Bridge cam before investing into the SLR world. I struggled to get anything with my SLR for this so just thought I would use these two as silhouette images!

  • Just FYI sometimes the Disqus system flags comments with links in them. If you put your images here right into the comments it’s less likely it will get flagged automatically as spam.

  • OK thanks

  • Mandy Mooney

    I thought my shadow made me look like Carl from the Walking Dead so I snapped a picture lol

  • Dipika Bhattarai

    by Dipika_B

  • The Shadow Traveling Photographer

  • ?lájídé Ay?ni

    By Ay?ni ?lájíde? (Y?ní)

  • ?lájídé Ay?ni

    Behind Street Lights

    By Ay?ni ?lájíde? (Y?ní)

  • Lenie Hulse

    Can*t figure this out

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