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Capturing shadows - Tips on how to shoot successful shots of shadows.
- Tripod/Monopod – If you're venturing out in search of shadows a monopod such as Vanguard's Elite CP-244 can be easier to walk with or try a lightweight tripod such as Vanguard's Alta+ 233AT.
- Camera bag – A sling bag such as Vanguard's UP-Rise 43 give you quick access to your camera gear.
Stay in bed a little longer
Mid-day/afternoon is often considered the worse time for photography as the light's harsh but as we're in search of shadows you can ignore this piece of advice and head out with your camera while everyone else is still eating their lunch.
Objects and shadows
Shadows can give what would be a boring shot of an object/building depth and interest so make sure you take a look at everything and give objects you originally dismissed as a good photographic subject a chance.
If you're going to use both the shadow and the object that's created it in your photo don't clip the edge of the shadow as you'll end up with a messy looking shot. Also, check the frame to make sure your own shadow isn't trying to take centre stage.
You don't always need an object in your shot as a shadow on its own can create an unusual and dramatic shot. Geometrical shadows such as those created by lines of trees, fences and gates can work particularly well.
The darker/stronger the shadow the better the photo so try using exposure compensation to give your shadow a little more oomph.
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