Creative landscape photography: master the dark art of shadows and shade

Creative landscape photography: tips to master the dark art of shadows and shade

Get creative with shadows


Landscape photography tips: get creative with shadows

Get creative with shadows for images that stand out. Look out for people casting long shadows across pavements, beaches and onto buildings, for example.

Try to shoot from an elevated position, perhaps from a building or a bridge looking down on your subject to give an unusual perspective and emphasise the shadow.

Sports events also present great opportunities. Local sports venues that catch the late evening sunshine such as athletics tracks, tennis courts and football pitches are ideal. If possible, shoot from a high vantage point to capture crisp shadows on a flat surface.

If shooting from a lower position, ensure that the shadows are well separated from each other and don’t overlap. And keep the picture simple, without too many confusing elements.

PAGE 1: Where to place the sun
PAGE 2: Nailing exposure
PAGE 3: Get creative with shadows
PAGE 4: Pro tips for shooting a low sun and shadows


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