The Edge of Light: What about the shadow…?

May 18, 2010

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Image © Eddie Tapp

As a professional photographer, I sometimes look for the shadow before anything else especially when shooting a product or portrait. I’ve had clients ask me if I could get rid of the shadow. My first though is why didn’t I use a flash on camera, actually my first thought is “are you kidding…? Shadow creates depth, give an object shape, mood, and demands that you give your attention to the diffused highlights.” Okay, I guess that’s what the dodge tool is for in Photoshop. And in most every case, I’ve always supplied the client with no shadows at their request to find that they end up liking the shadow after all. Shadows create depth and dimension in an image and the means for the shadow doesn’t have to be dramatic. When you start to look for the shadow, you become more aware of the light quality.

Plan a day to go out and shoot nothing but shadows. I think you’ll find a real connection with Shadow images…

Image © Eddie Tapp


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Eddie Tapp is an award-winning photographer, lecturer, consultant, and author on digital imaging issues. With over 25 years of experience in computer technology, Eddie has been actively involved in educating and consulting corporations, studios and agencies in the applications of digital imaging workflow, color management, pre-press and digital photography globally through workshops, seminars, on-site consulting and training. He's the author of Photoshop Workflow Setups and Practical Color Management, the first two in a series, Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography, published by O'Reilly Media. http://eddietapp.com

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