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25 Fabulous Shadow Photography Examples

Photographers are well aware of the fact that light plays a major role in developing some fascinating shots. You can easily change the look of any picture by controlling light settings. Shadows are very important when it comes to photography but, you need a lot of light for that. Shadows give some sort of shape to light or draw attention towards it or amalgamate with it to produce incredible shots. Without mastering the light techniques, you cannot play with shadows. Both of these objects are lined and dependent on each other. You will need to take care of the five important elements, listed below, for creating outstanding shadow photos.

  • Adjust drama and contrast
  • Pay special attention towards the focus
  • Direct your attention towards the subject
  • Get the right exposure
  • Reveal texture

To get a dramatic effect, you will need to adjust the contrast settings accordingly. Most of the photographers make use of a high tonal contrast. But to adjust the contrast, you will need to make use of shadow source available. It is very important to understand the interplay of shadows and light, as when combined, result in an attention gripping contrast. Most of the photographers use shadows to place emphasis on any special subject of the shot. Through shadow photography, you can easily get rid of the unnecessary details of any picture and bring the attention towards the main subject. With the help of special light and shadow effects, you can place emphasis on the facial features of any model and make the eyes, chin, jaw line or any other feature prominent. You can even use different photo editing tools to adjust contrast and get the best possible picture.

You must keep it in mind that shadows project a certain shape and effect. These elements need to be taken care of while capturing a photo. You can change the main focus of any picture with the shadow effect. In most of the pictures that, you will see down below, photographers have succeeded in revealing different forms. A viewer can enjoy the picture from different angles.  Shadow photography has become popular because it allows you to reveal certain texture also. To get the best shot, a photographer will need to adjust the height and angle of a camera in the best possible manner.

Don’t worry you can also capture brilliant shadow photos, by learning how to play with the available light and making use of defined contrast settings. It’s not difficult at all. As I have said earlier, you need to visit different places and take a lot of shots. You will get different results each time and also get to learn something new. After some experience, you won’t face any difficulty in adjusting light and reading shadows for perfect shadow photographs. I wish you all the best.

Line

Line

I know it’s a glamorous shot and that is why I have included it here. See how the photographer has played with the available light and delivered an excellent shot. The curves just look amazing.

Cave

Cave

Basically, we can say that it is an indoor shot. Notice the amount of light, which is not intense at all. You can also try the shot above, by choosing the right angle for capturing it.

Black Edition

Black Edition

The light is falling from the left side, while the right side is dark. The controlled pitch of light has made it possible to get such a fantastic photo. The details are also perfect and natural.

Hands Touching Frosted Glass

Hands Touching Frosted Glass

Well, this picture carries strong emotions. See how the light is falling from the back side of the frosted glass. This picture depicts help, hope, struggle, and dainty.

Caucasian Man Sitting with Surfboard

Caucasian Man Sitting with Surfboard

There is abundant light available for this outdoor picture. The surfboard has made things interesting. There is a long shadow of the board and the person, sitting in its shadow.

Shadows of Mariachi Band

Shadows of Mariachi Band

Yeah, there are total 6 band members.

Caucasian Man Painting

Caucasian Man Painting

A natural shadow photography shot.

Two Long Shadows

Two Long Shadows

Well, I personally think that it is a perfect shadow shot. It’s like a whole moment has been captured in one shot.

Bridge to West

Bridge to West

Bridges are always interesting, but this one seems artistic and indulging due to the shadow pattern.

Heron

Heron

A truly splendid shot!

Shadow Sailing

Shadow Sailing

Notice the white boat sailing in the giant shadow. You will need a lot of experience to capture this sort of perfect shot.

Where the Sun Goes to Sleep

Where the Sun Goes to Sleep

As the Sun is going down concrete shadows seem to be on fire.

Good Morning

Good Morning

Truly mesmerizing!

Lovers Walk

Lovers Walk

Even the shadows show the strong connection!

Traditional Thai Kitchen

Traditional Thai Kitchen

It’s a natural picture that shows the items of daily use, all placed together. Notice the effect of multiple shadows in this picture.

Family

Family

Just a cute addition!

The Shadow

The Shadow

The hot air balloon has a huge shadow and the angle of light and camera are both different here. I can say that it is a remarkable attempt. Bravo!

The Visitor

The Visitor

Look at this baby elephant. I think the shadow effect makes the trunk appear extremely long.

Two Cats

Two Cats

Both of them appear fierce!

Midsummer Blues

Midsummer Blues

I will try this shot. Truly inspiring!

Shadow

Shadow

It is actually one of the most common shots, you will see around. Every other person with a digital camera has tried once taking different shots of shades.

A Heron on the Watch

A Heron on the Watch

Crevice in Time

Crevice in Time

The shadow of other rocks and sunlight from the right side creates an amazing effect in this picture.

Helicopter Shadow on Marsh

Helicopter Shadow on Marsh

Do you wonder what type of camera angle the photographer has adopted to take this picture? This picture has been taken from a special height and angle.

Old Gray Cabinet

Old Gray Cabinet

The handles of these drawers look quite attention-grabbing over here. Remember in such type of pictures the sunlight keeps on changing and hence, it affects the shadow shape and length. You will need to wait for the best time to capture the desired shadow impact. We hope these shadow photography examples, tips, ideas help you a lot in your shooting experience. Let us know what you have shot today.

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