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Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs by Roberto Valenzuela

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7. Shadows

IMPLEMENTING SHADOWS in photography is where things start getting really interesting. I have seen photographs that have used shadows so creatively that it was a visual pleasure just to see. I felt as if my eyes were entertained everywhere in the photograph. The reason why shadows are so interesting is simply because you can create a visual message that is not so literal. Shadows bring a sense of mystery and graphics to a photograph, and the viewer must use his/her imagination to fill in the missing pieces.

The Bright Side of Shadows

Most people tend to stay away from taking a portrait in harsh light, fearing that it creates unflattering shadows on a subject’s face. But shadows are not a bad thing—they are just misunderstood. Shadows ...

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