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24 Dramatic Shadowy Images to Help You See Light

A while ago I wrote an article about: 5 Tips for Using Shadows to Create Dramatic Images. So I thought I'd find and share some images that exemplify how to use them.

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Just as a quick review, in order to see light you must learn to see shadows. Images devoid of them often feel flat and two dimensional, versus ones with strong shadows and dark tones that have depth, contrast, and a 3D quality. You feel like you can step right into the scene it feels so rich and real.

Let's see how these photographers used shadows to make dramatic images. Look at each and see if you can tell:

  • What direction the light is coming from?
  • The time of day it was shot; morning, midday, late in the evening?
  • Is it hard or soft light?
  • Does the lighting add to the mood of the image, if so, how?
  • Do the shadows enhance the texture of the subject?

Use this as a learning exercise to practice reviewing images, and pick up tips from good ones that you can apply in your own photography.

Begin and enjoy

Skating by Svein Nordrum on 500px.com

Le Grand Agnelin by Xavier Jamonet on 500px.com

Mt Nanaedake by Kengo Shibutani on 500px.com

Ballad of Gales by Alex Noriega on 500px.com

The Tate Modern by David Southern on 500px.com

Old Man by Dane Alex  on 500px.com

Soulful by Lisa Holloway on 500px.com

FEEL by Thierry NGUYEN on 500px.com

**BW** by Joachim Bergauer on 500px.com

Fluff cloud by Takashi  on 500px.com

Attention Grabber by Max Rive on 500px.com

The Flaming Sisters by Raza Durrani on 500px.com

Rise by Minh Nguyen on 500px.com

CIGAR AT SUNSET by Chris Evans on 500px.com

My Favourite Lady by Vichaya Pop on 500px.com

Horned Viper by Rilind H on 500px.com

Old Lanterns. Japan by PAkDocK @PAkDocK on 500px.com

Kolmanskop beauty by Michael Dessagne on 500px.com

The sense of abandonment by Ciro Santopietro on 500px.com

Darkness by sandra160173 on 500px.com

LoaD IN # by Guillaume Rio on 500px.com

Facing the Giant by Morkel Erasmus on 500px.com

"Grand Monsoon" by Mark Metternich on 500px.com

Claustral Canyon by Lee Duguid on 500px.com

Note: in the process of finding these images I've added two new things to my bucket list. The abandoned villages of Kolmanskop in Namibia, and Belchite in Spain. What's on your bucket list, are they photography related?

Cheers,
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