18 Amazing Photographs That Use Shadows for Exceptional Composition

Ritesh Saini
Ritesh Saini

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Photography is about capturing light. But that doesn’t mean shadows don’t have a role to play in photography. In fact, far from it.

Shadows help define shapes and add visual depth to photography. They can be used creatively as a primary compositional tool for more impactful images.

In the photographs that you’ll see below, shadows have been used to great effect to elevate composition and form the strong foundation on which each photograph stands. We hope that they inspire you to try some of these ideas in your own photography.

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Photo by Rene Böhmer

Photo by Kevin Wolf

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Photo by Joyce McCown

Photo by Harry cao

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Photo by Becky Day

Photo by Luis Machado

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Photo by Tom Barrett

Photo by Devon Wilson

Photo by Ryoji Iwata

Photo by Sereja Ris

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About Ritesh Saini

About Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing since 2010 and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. He recommends the 'Using Shadows in Photography' Creativity Prompts to those who really want to learn and utilize the power of shadows in their photography.

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