Finding SubjectsSuccessful shadow photography can result from a person or an animal; or from the bold shape of an object. Also be ready for graphic design shadows such as lines, curves, patterns, angles, or repetitions. When shooting shadows, the key is to choose subjects that have simple yet strong forms and that are surrounded by brightness.
In particular, brilliant low-angled sunlight makes for wonderfully long shadows. For instance:
With backlight, when the sun is behind the subject, shadows race toward the camera.
In frontlight, which comes from behind you and hits the subject head-on, the broad coverage of a wide-angle lens could allow you to incorporate your shadow in the picture - for a "self-portrait"!
Temporarily fill your viewfinder with a middle tone that is illuminated (i.e., a mid-blue, mid-brown, or mid-gray area that's not in shadow), take a meter reading, lock in those settings, re-compose, and shoot.
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