31 : Shadows


Shadows Everywhere

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.” 
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This phrase describes perfectly describes this week's challenge! We will be using bright light sources, like the sun, to make images with strong shadows. In fact, the focus of your subject matter this week is not your children, but the shadows they create!


Shadows tell a story without including much detail. The viewer must determine what is happening, often without the benefit of seeing clear facial expressions, color variations, or background information. The clues that are visible, such as the surface where the shadow is cast, the posture of the subject, or the shape of their clothing, take on even more prominence.


This week's challenge is another variation on using shapes. Fall back on the rules of composition that we have practiced already as you create your images. And finally, don't confuse shadows with silhouettes (because: hint hint, we'll being practicing shooting silhouettes in a future challenge!)

Creative Prompts


  • Shadows will be longer at the beginning and end of the day when the sun is low in the sky,
  • Shadows will be shorter in the middle of the day when the sun is high in the sky.
  • Open, flat spaces will show shadows the most crisply. Look for paved areas, grassy fields, parking lots and blank walls.

Share your images!

As always, we look forward to seeing your images in the Facebook group! If you have never posted a picture, it's fine to start any time. The Facebook group is a positive, no-judgement zone. We also hope that reach out for advice or help if you need it!