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Basic guidelines for photography with shadows as compositional elements
Though shadows in photography can be annoying, however, with a few tips one can take reasonable photographs by thoughtfully including shadows as a compositional element in a scene or with a subject. This requires a different kind of approach in photography and demands that instead of looking around, we must look down to compose images. We must remind ourselves to actively look for shadows and their shapes.

Shadow photography is a simple since it requires a looking out for shadows which on the side and sharp. Many times shadows can be an effective way to create stunning images of just of your subject.  One learns this kind of photography by experimenting with a digital camera.

Being the photography in sufficient light from some source, all you need to get a subject who casts an interesting shadow. To begin with, you should look for shadows on the ground or against walls and other surfaces in the morning when the sun is not high up and shadows are a bit long.

It is advised that interesting shadows are created by light source that is lower on the horizon. In such a situation we get dark, long, and dramatic shadows. Go out for shadow photography when the sun is lower in the sky for outdoor images.

N case you wish to go for photographing indoors you can use a lamp without the shade slightly above the ground to have strong shadows. The closer your light source is to the ground, the longer will be the shadow. You can move around the lamp to get suitable shadows.

Try out two options by including the subject within the photo and then without it to concentrate on the shadow. At times the second option adds more mystery to the image. Also, patterns in shadows can give dramatic images. Patterns exit in every location; you need to get aware of them.

The inset pictures were taken in the morning hours to include shadows as a compositional element in the picture.

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