Using Shadows to Enhance Composition – Free Quick Guide

Today, I’m here to talk to you about our newest guide, “Using Shadows to Enhance Composition.”

I was thinking about what to say to you, when it occurred to me that Author and Photographer David Veldman says it best right in the opening statements of his new guide.

Here is what David has to say about shadows-

“When you begin to study the nature of light, one thing becomes quickly apparent. Wherever you have light, you have shadows. In fact, you simply can’t have light without shadow, or vice versa. The two go hand in hand, and in some cases photographers spend a great deal of effort avoiding the creation of shadows. Shadows however are not always undesirable. Shadows are merely another tool, which a serious photographer must study in order to master their craft. If studying light will improve your photography, studying shadows is the next logical step. Shadows create drama.”

Here is what you’ll learn…

  • The different types of shadows and how to use them
  • How to use shadows to direct a viewer’s eyes within your composition
  • The beauty of shadows, and the balance that they create in a photograph
  • Why you should think of a shadow in a similar fashion as a reflection
  • Shadows- the natural leading line
  • Depth and Perspective – Shadows are your main paint brush
  • Nothing creates a mysterious mood like a shadow

Photo Credit : David Veldman

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