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Creative Photography Challenge

Lesson 6 of 10

Challenge #6: Shadow Play


Creative Photography Challenge

Lesson 6 of 10

Challenge #6: Shadow Play


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Challenge #6: Shadow Play

everybody. I'm Lindsay Adler, and this creative photo challenge is all about playing with Shadow. I love playing with shadow. I use it in my work all the time, whether I'm in the studio or on location. On location, I look for shadows being cast by the sun through offense or Venetian blinds, and in the studio I use different tools, including go bows and cutting out patterns. But today I'm going to be playing with like in the studio and a piece of lace in order to create my shadows in order to play with shadows in the studio. I need to use really hard, like this. Hard light is going to give me abrupt transitions from shouted, a highlight which is perfect for casting the patterns that I need now. In order to create hard light, I can use a bear bowl. I could use a speed light, and I could use a light that's really far from my subject. So in this set up, what I have is, I have a bare bulb really far off to the side, and this is going to give me the hard light I need. So let's take a look at...

that light. I can see the hard light in action when I look at the triangle of light underneath the eye on the left. It's very, very crisp and abrupt, so I know the light is going to be hard enough to cast the pattern. So taking a look at the settings I have here I am working with a studio strobe. So I'm shooting at 1 2/100 of a second, and that helps get rid of ambient light in the room. I'm shooting it F 11. So I have a little bit more focused when I'm shooting with this longer focal length. And I'm also shooting I s 0 800 a little bit of a higher I s O. Because I had to move my life so far away. Okay, so I take a look at this shot when you brought in the lace and I can't really see the pattern. It's just barely visible. And the reason is is because he's too far away in order to get those lines nice and crispy. Needs to be right up close to the subject. Basically think of it like this. Think of it as close as you can without getting the lace in the frame or even included in the frame. And that's another way you can actually make it compositionally interesting. So haven't keep bringing as close as you can. Keep going. Keep going right there. Perfect and island keeping chin down right there and let's see right, you back up the layers like 1/2 inch right there. Beautiful. Okay, great. So now it's a completely different shot, and I see all of those intricate details of the lay, so I'm gonna shoot a little bit more of that. Thank you. And can you bring the lace in just a little bit more? Great. Perfect. Moving in real close. Close your eyes for me. Chin 1/2 inch. This weight that were that beautiful. Great. All right, so let's switch our lace over the weight. Great to come closer to her in the front. Perfect. Just like that. So she's kind of wrapped in it. Okay, Great and loose lips. That's great. So soft, Beautiful. It's fresh, it's soft, it's elegant, and I love the detail. Lace is a perfect way to calf pattern on her skin. Now I want to see your images playing with shadows. You can share your photograph using the hash tag Creative Photo Challenge, and you can join our Facebook group. If you would like to receive these challenges. Director inbox but a creative live dot com ford slash CPC

Class Description

Feeling stuck and uninspired behind the lens? Stop scrambling for ideas on your next portrait.

Take Our Creative Photo Challenge

We teamed up with master portrait photographer, Lindsay Adler, for a bi-monthly series of FREE photography challenges designed to push you well beyond your comfort zone. Named one of the top 10 best fashion photographers in the world, Lindsay knows how vital it is to grow and explore to thrive as a photographer.

To spark your creativity, try a new (totally doable) challenge to help you discover and harness new techniques. Each 5 minute video will outline simple steps and ideas for a unique portrait. Take a moment to think about your point of view and deliver something outside of your norm.


  • Upload your photos and tag it on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter using #creativephotochallenge.
  • Have questions or want to check in with fellow photographers? Join the Creative Photo Challenge Facebook group.
Step outside of your routine, see the possibilities and discover what you love to capture!

By RSVPing to this class, you agree to have your email shared with Lindsay Adler.


Jid Kwinka

I am so much more willing to participate this challenge, tho' i don't have the materials and studio equipment. I only have a tripod, a camera, a softbox, a flash and a reflector but it ain't gonna stop me. I'm eager to learn new things, I love creative live, I love Lindsay, and I LOVE Photography! So thank you all for this free class! keep inspiring us!

Adiel Ahmed Munir

I loved it, I highly recommend this class. It's super informative and Lindsay is a superb Photographer and teacher. Thanks for sharing

Beyond Neverland

OMG! Is this for real? Lindsay is not only an amazing teacher and very knowledgeable but super creative! Such an inspiration! I watched this during my lunch break and now just want to grab my camera and go try some of these techniques!