15 Stunning Photos That Will Make You Appreciate The Visual Appeal of Shadows in Photography

Photography, as we all know, is about capturing light. And where there is light, there will be shadows. It is these shadows that add some wonderful characteristics to your photographs in the form of perspective and dimension.

The characteristics of light falling on the subject – direction, color, intensity of the light – determine the quality of the shadow. Shadows are often used to add drama and abstractness to an image, and also sometimes present an opportunity to use juxtaposition as a compositional tool.

This post is a collection of photographs that utilize shadows as an integral part of their composition. The photos most certainly wouldn't be as amazing if not for the shadows captured within the frame.

If you'd like to gain a better understanding of light to be able to get the best out of the light (and the shadows) that you encounter, do take a look at Kent DuFault's guide to understanding light. But for now, let's sit back and enjoy these photographs!

Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read

Photo by Matthias Uhlig

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by S. H.

Photo by Gianni Dominici

Photo by Elliot Moore

Photo by Thomas Leuthard

Photo by XoMEoX

Photo by Magdalena Roeseler

Photo by Jason Devaun

Photo by Mo Riza

Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read

Photo by jos

Photo by Georgie Pauwels

Photo by Derek Σωκράτης Finch

Photo by Thomas Leuthard


Improve Your Photography by Understanding Light Better

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About the author

Ritesh Saini

Ritesh has been photographing for about seven years now and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

  • Jason Howe says:

    George Krause’s “Shadow” has long been one of my favorite images involving shadow.


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