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  Using Light and Shadow to Enhance Photos  

Almost everyone likes to take pictures now and then, but for some of us, it becomes a hobby and often a passion. Taking photographs can be a way of recording events in our lives, but it can also be an art. One of the ways that you can enhance the pictures you take is by manipulating light and shadows in order to get different effects. Though we always have to take light conditions into consideration when we are taking pictures, we don't often think about making them work for us instead of trying to work with them. When you start using light and shadow to enhance and manipulate your photos, you often seem some surprising and delightful results.
Using light and shadow to get the effect that you want often involves using artificial light. You see examples of this all the time when you watch a photographer at work in a studio. The photographer will use lights that are large, small, bright, or dim to change how you see the subject. Some of the lights will be completely uncovered and some will have backs that can be moved around to change the direction of shadows. Often when we look at professional model or still-life photos we aren't even aware of how much light and shadow manipulation has gone into them.

When you are taking pictures outside you don't have as much control over the light and shadows as you would in a studio, but this doesn't mean that you can't work with them for photo enhancement. When you know how certain places look at certain times of the day, you can schedule pictures for when the light and shadows will work best for you. You can wait until sunset to get a silhouette of your subject against a softly glowing ocean or shoot a picture at noon so that you have the sun directly above your subject for maximum light.
If you are just learning how to manipulate light and shadow to get different photographic effects, it can help to construct some type of makeshift studio where you can practice. Rather than annoy live subjects as you practice, start with inanimate objects. Purchase or construct your own photography lights using different shades and wattage, and start experimenting by using different light angles on one subject. You'll be surprised at how easily you change the look of something, and you are likely to become hooked on light and shadow enhancement photography.

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