Challenge FIVE:

silhouette or shadow

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If you know me at all, you know I LOVE a good silhouette! Making shapes and playing with shadows brings me back to my graphic designer days and gives me endless opportunities for creativity in my photography.


For this challenge you will create an image with a silhouette or shadow as the primary subject. 


To set up your silhouette or shadow, you need aim your camera toward a bright background. Set your camera exposure for the background. Then you need to put your subject (or their shadow) against that background. 


If you are doing a silhouette, you can't have the same amount of light on your subject as you do on the background or they won't be a dark shape on the background. This means you will need to either get your subject in less light, or aim your camera toward the light, so the side of the subject that the camera captures will be in less light (like at sunrise or sunset).


Now, some of you have already posted silhouettes, so I challenge you to do shadows instead! And for those who have played with shadows for previous themes, I challenge you to do a silhouette. 😊 


For tips on sunset silhouettes, watch my YouTube video, Five Steps to a Great Silhouette


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“The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say”

—Gregory Maguire


Once you have your image ready to upload, you have 24 hours from now to head over to the Challenge Facebook page and upload ONE IMAGE to the Challenge 5: Silhouette or Shadow Album.


And remember, while you're there, leave an encouraging comment about several other images in the photo album!


Happy creating!


ps. If your share your photo on social media, use the tag #riseupphotochallenge!