Shadows in street photography

Shadows in street photography

There’s a powerful interplay between shadows and street photography and endless possibilities to explore – all you have to do is get out there and use your eyes! The mundane, the prosaic, even the most everyday street scene can be infused with a great sense of drama when light and shadows interact. Shadows are a gift for the photographer; they can take your image to a whole new level, and the great news is that you don’t have to travel to any far-off or exotic location to find that magic mix of light and shade. Your local street can provide the perfect contrast of shadows and light, just as easily as any street in Paris, Istanbul or Budapest can.

(c) Ion Paciu

(c) Ion Paciu

(c) Tatiana Zigar

(c) Tatiana Zigar

(c) Tatiana Zigar

(c) Tatiana Zigar

In search of shadows

If you want strong contrasts of light and shade, morning and evening (sunrise and sunset) are usually the two best times of day.

(c) Tatiana Zigar

(c) Tatiana Zigar

You may get lucky and get some great images on your first outing, but be prepared to do some research first and check out the streets or area you plan to work in ahead of time. Simply by walking around and observing – while resisting the urge to shoot – you’ll be able to spot areas of particular interest and notice shadows cast by buildings, railings, trees, and traffic.