Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Shadow Photography  

Shadow Photography Tips - Fun With Shadows

Scary shadows

To make a scary shadow you have to have the light coming up. You can use this for even the tiniest mouse become the biggest giant. 

Colored shadows

Typically shadows have no color, and are just gray or black. But if you use a colored translucent material to cast a shadow, you then get colored shadows.

life's all that colorful because of you!

The shadow with the mind of its own

The point of this shadow is to get the knifes shadow to be a fork. to do this you have to the angle perfect and you get the shadow of the fork with the knife  in the foreground.  
Knife with a shadow of a fork

The shadow that's alive
This shot is quite easy to achieve, and just requires a little imagination. The idea is that you photograph a shadow that looks to be using its surroundings.
Shadow that appears to be doing some gardening
Long shadows from above
This effect can create quite striking photos, but can be quite difficult to achieve with natural light. Using a low light source, such as the sun near sunset / sunrise creates long shadows. 

Giraffes with long shadows photographed from above

Shadows on a translucent surface

 You position your subject behind a semi-transparent surface, and then light them from behind. Their shadow is then visible through the translucent surface.
Photo of a shadow on the wall of a tent, photographed from inside the tent

Distorted Shadows

The techniques discussed so far involve using a flat surface to project the shadow on. Using a 3D surface to cast a shadow on can also give very interesting images. The shadow distorts and bends as it goes over the uneven surface, creating a very different feel to a standard shadow photo.
Tree branch shadows on an uneven wall
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1 comment:

  1. I like the way you've included some examples we looked at, and the website they came from. We need to have a look at the size of the photos, so they fit nicely on your blog. I can't wait to see some of your own photos go up too!