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Old 04-24-2005, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I keep seeing images posted that might have half a models face in a shadow. And I don't understand why people go out of there way to shoot images like that. I have so many images that I never would want to show because of that problem. I understand shadows give depth to an image but I am not sure of the correct placement of shadows to make it right.

So what are the rules when it comes to shadows in an image ?

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Re: rules about shadows in an image ..
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I won't begin to test the rules about shadows. Many times I purposely adjust lighting to create shadows. I personally think the shadows can add personality to the photo. In many forms of photography, particularly figure modeling, the shadows are key to that particular style and without them would put the image in a different style altogether. I think your question falls into the subjectivity of photography as a whole. I also think the photo needs to portray the actual intent of the image itself, meaning, were the shadows intentional or is the photog trying to save an image with poor lighting.

This image of Kristina was intentional in terms of the shadows. This may not be to the extreme you suggest, but it was one of the models favorite image of our shoot...which made it a great photo...at least to us...

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Old 04-24-2005, 01:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I think it the sence of mystery and drama that shadows can add...also sometimes useing the shadow can help make the subject look better....as for when thay look right i think thats just going with your gut...
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Here's an old favorite of mine. The thing with shadows is that you need to remember that photography is all about light - and light means shadows, somewhere (usually, but that's another topic). Shadows give you depth and can make an otherwise flat and boring shot interesting, if you do it right. Check out some of the master portrait shooters, espcially my favorite B/W people like Richard Avedaon, Vicotor Skrebneski, Francesco Scavullo, Helmut Newton and all the folks who shoot for Guess? Jeans, to name a few. As with most art, its all about balance: using the tones and light and shadow to make a balanced image. Here's my take on "shadows".



If you want another take on shadows, look at one of the finest contemporary celebrity photographers working today, http://www.gormanphotography.com/.

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Thanks for the info Andy. I will look up some of those people you listed and study there work.

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Shadow can be the photographer's best friend, at least when it is controlled. Shadow can add depth, it can add mystery, it can define, it can focus the viewer's interest. In my own view, shadow can be equally as important as light.

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