Shadows are readily found outdoors, but you can photograph shadows indoors as
well. To do this, a strong, continuous light source works best because it will
produce the strongest shadows, such as light coming in through a window or doorway.
Using flash won't work because you wouldn't be able to see the shadows
it produces until you see the resulting photo--the duration of its light
is too brief. But if you have a digital camera, you can experiment by shooting
a picture with flash, quickly view it on the spot, and see if you've gotten
the results you want.
emerge from darkness, creating visual drama.
Reader photo by Lisa Vivona, Lowell, MA
Shadows are most effective when
they contrast with a light-colored background. The shadow portion of your image
can be darkened by underexposing the scene slightly. With an SLR, you can use
your film-speed dial to compensate. Temporarily set the dial one or two ISO
numbers higher, and be sure to return it to its regular setting when you want
to photograph other subjects. If your camera has a zoom lens, experiment with
different focal lengths and shooting distances. If you have a compact camera
with a built-in fixed-focal-length lens, you'll need to physically move
closer or further away from your subject.
shadow cast by this picket fence becomes an important part of
this photo's composition.
Reader photo by Stan Kaufman, Bayville, NY
You don't need to limit yourself
to "found" shadows--go out and create a few of your own