Shooting Challenge: Living Shadows

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The days are long, and the shadows are longer. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, be a kid again and photograph your (or someone’s) shadow.

The Challenge

Photograph a shadow. Let’s make ‘em human or animal rather than just buildings, etc.


The Method

The real secret to photographing good shadows—assuming you don’t just set up a light indoors—is choosing the right time of day. You want the sun to be at a low angle for maximum effect, which means you’re going to be photographing in early morning or later in the day when the sun is nearest to the horizon. (The golden hour is a good time!)

Beyond that, this photojojo tutorial has a lot of creative ideas to get your mind working.

The Example

Our lead shot is by Georgie Pauwels. I love how the shadows aren’t just long, but span the texture of the stairs and loom over a nearby pedestrian.


The Rules - READ THESE

0. No watermarks. They’re so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, June 29th at 10AM Eastern to with “Shadow” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameShadow.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameShadowWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!

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