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 Isado
Photo by Gianni Dominici
Photo by Elliot Moore
Photo by Thomas Leuthard
Photo by XoMEoX
Photo by Magdalena Roeseler
Photo by Mo Riza
Photo by Jonathan Kos-Read
Photo by Zeze57
Photo by Georgie Pauwels
Photo by Justinclayton99

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Ritesh has been photographing since 2010 and his photographic interests have varied from nature and landscapes to street photography. You can see his photography on Flickr or on his website.

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