Tip of the Week: Play with Light and Shadows


Make the most of the available light in your home. Candles, tungsten bulbs and even sunlight coming through your window are great sources of illumination for any subject you wish to shoot. For a more artistic touch, including the shadow of the subject in your frame too. For example, you may want to capture a picture of a cup along with its long shadow, which you can get only in the morning or evening, depending on the sunlight falling through your window. You can also place a soft light source behind the subject, to give it a glowing or a halo-like effect. When doing this, switch to spot metering for shooting interesting silhouettes. This technique works well with subjects like vases or cups placed by window sills.

Photograph/Lynn Wheeler