Shadow photography (?)

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  1. professionalamateur

    professionalamateur TPF Noob!

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    Hello everyone,

    I have not really been into photography until now but photos taken by using shadow (shade?) are getting my attention lately.
    I tried to search Google with the phrase "shadow photography" and could not really find good web sites about it.

    What I would like to ask is (as I'm not a native English speaker), is "shadow photography" the correct title for it? If not could you suggest some terms so I could look for them?

    For example, under which sub-category would the web sites about this topic be in this directory: Open Directory - Arts: Photography ?

    http://farm1.static.flickr.com/45/118544864_a53655443d_b.jpg

    Above URL is a good example of what I'm interested in.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Opher

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    I dont know what you would call it. The only thing i can thik of to do that would be photo shop.
     
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    I don't think it's photoshop. It looks to me like the photographer used his/her own shadow to hold the girls hand while taking the pic.
     
  4. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Easy enough to do without photoshop, but I don't know that this is done enough to actually have it's own category of photography...thus making it hard to search for.
     
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    Agreed. I can't think of anything else you can do with it other than the example that was linked...
     
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    It's called "subtractive lighting."

    Rather than adding light as we would in the studio, work in a outdoor shaded area where the light is all around (flat). Then, using gobos, trees, buildings, etc, subtract light to create soft, directional light falling on your subject.

    I hope this helps.

    -Pete
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Ooops. Never mind. I misunderstood what you were asking.

    -Pete
     
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    :p I was just thinking "...I don't think that's the same thing."
     
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    I hadn't clicked on the link. I read "photos taken by using shadow (shade?)" and went off half cocked.

    Oh well.
     
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    Are you talking about stuff like this? This is a pic of my soon to be baby-momma and a self portrait.

    My best advice would be to just go out and give it a shot...you'll learn through mistakes....at least that's what I'm hoping I do! This was my first attempt at shooting shadows.

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