Use Shadow and Light to lead the viewer’s eye through your composition
I favor using foreground shadow to accentuate the middle ground and distant subjects in my photographs. I think the darkness/shadow in the foreground is important. I wait for it. Sometimes it requires a late afternoon or early morning low light, at other times cloud shadows work to take away the flat, boring, full sun. Check out these examples and evaluate what you think the images would look like without the shadow and light.
This week’s assignment: with or without your camera, notice shadow and light. Whatever your subject, observe the light falling on and around your composition. Perhaps a slight change in composition would really make your photo have drama.
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