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Playing with shadows

By : Nikon School Blog   |  18 Sep, 2017  |  61

Bored of shooting streets, landscapes, and portraits? Enough of shooting things? How about chasing the shadows of those things and create interesting images?

Where to look for shadows?

Shadows are everywhere around us. Whenever light falls on a subject, shadows are formed. You just have to wait for the right time. The really attractive, long shadows are found during the early morning hours and late evening. Now all you have to do is look for subjects which create attractive shadows.

Some of the most interesting shadows are formed by people, staircases, buildings, animals, bi-cycles and everyday household things like flower pots, statues, etc. Shadows are also formed by clouds, aircrafts, or birds in flight.

You can even experiment with your own shadow. Just pose at the right time of the day and look for interesting compositions.

Look for interesting patterns created by window panes, grills, and other household structures.

You can create really interesting images by juxtaposing shadows of unrelated objects. Often such shadows can create an illusion of something entirely different.

Which mode?

Shadows can be shot in any exposure mode. For quick shooting, Programmed auto, and Aperture priority are preferred. The key is to underexpose the shot by at least one stop to get dark shadows.

Other settings

Active D'lighting should be turned off so that shadow recovery is disabled.

Picture control can be set to Vivid, or monochrome, to get dark, high contrast shadows.

It can take a long time to see shadows in this way, and being patient is the key to developing the eye to find interesting shadows.

Comments (24)


Mr. manoj kaswan

it make impressive

Mr. manoj kaswan

shadows are clear and sharp in Nikon

Mr. Simon Binay Purty


Mr. Simon Binay Purty


Mr. Simon Binay Purty

very helpful and useful

Mr. Simon Binay Purty

good information

Mr. Simon Binay Purty


Mr. Abhinava Pandey


Mr. Abhinava Pandey

similar to silhouette

Mr. Simon Binay Purty

amazing i loved it thanku

Mr. Vignesh Rashinkar

just wow

Mr. imran khan


Mr. Hemant Gera


Mr. zeel Balas

a new trick i learned!

Mr. Ashish Pany


Ms. Khushboo Raghav


Mr. Dhanraj Bijarnia

use full all photos in big products

Mr. pratik kumar

thanks very useful

Mr. Kushal Bhowmick


Mr. Mohan Kumar

wow very useful

Mrs. Kabita Pradhan


Mr. Vivekananda Pradhan

So much to capture

Mr. Abhishek Golatkar


Mr. Nanigopal Pradhan

nice article