Assignment #5 – Using Shadows in Your Photography

We all know that light is critical to photography, but what about shadows? The interplay of light and shadow is what creates drama in our images, and shadows can also add texture and depth to our two-dimensional images. Shadows are an important element in any image, and we want to get you thinking about them.

Your assignment is to create images that feature the use of shadow. Think about the following concepts, then look for ways to practice them in and around your home this week. Here are some tips:

  • Create Drama. Use shadow to emphasize mood in your image.
  • Accentuate Form. Use shadow to reveal contours in your subject that may otherwise appear flat.
  • Accentuate Texture. Use shadow to reveal textures and minute details.
  • Add Another Dimension. Use the shapes of the shadow to tell another part of the story.

Once you’ve shot your shadow images, share your efforts in our Facebook group Muench University. Our team of pro photographers will be eagerly waiting to give you some feedback!

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Assignment #4 – Pattern and Repetition

Repetition of forms in an image is pleasing to the eye in much the same way that rhythm is pleasing to the ear in music. The eye tends to follow repetition, giving a sense of movement in the image. our assignment is to find patterns and repetition around you in your home. Use them in your images to create compelling compositions (just like music!)

Assignment #25 – Still Life

Still life photography can be a really fun challenge, and the good news is that you already have what you need in your very own home! You can use fruits, shells, flowers for a more natural look, or you can use ordinary household items, too.

Assignment #24 – Emotions

Learning the technical side of portrait photography can be quick and relatively easy. But part of making a great portrait is able to get your subject(s) to show true emotion. Capturing genuine emotion in portrait photography could arguably be one of the more difficult tasks of a photographer.

Assignment #2 – Minimalism

Perhaps one of the hardest things to do as a photographer is to learn to compose images that are simple, yet still powerful. Creating a powerful minimalist image is hard because we don’t see minimal scenes with our own eyes.

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