Chris Marquardt ... from the Shadows

Episode 1712 (1:05:34)

Chris Marquardt

Chris joins Leo to talk about shadows in photography. Where there's light, there are shadows, and they come in all shapes and sizes. Shadows can also create texture in a picture as the light plays with what it falls on. Shadows can also be long or short, depending on where the sun is in the sky. Low in the sky and the shadow is longer, higher in the sky; it's shorter.

For portraits, you want softer shadows, for more gritty images, you want a harder shadow. But a shadow can also act as a duplicate of the subject or even be the subject itself.  Chris considers the shadow part of the subject though, and as a photographer, it pays to consider where the shadow will be in the photo. Don't cut it off, but give it it's own place in the image.

Here's a great gallery of images - http://www.tfttf.com/shadowgallery

And don't forget our next photo assignment is - PAPER. Take a photo of, about or otherwise concerning the concept of "PAPER" and then post it to the Tech Guy Group on Flickr. Make sure to tag it with the word "TGPAPER" as well! And if Chris likes it, it could end up on next month's photo contest review segment!

Also, check out Chris' new one on one photography workshop Photo Sensei.