Department of Creative Arts
St. Pius X High School

Ms. D. Gravelle

S3.A3 - Shadows, Silhouettes and Reflections




Bright light behind your subject is the easiest way to create a silhouette. A few places you can find it:

· In a open door

· In front of a window

· In front of the sun, especially when it is low in the sky, just above the horizon

Once you find the light, let your subject go. Let them play. Let them pose. Or simply find a scene with interesting objects. Set the cameras exposure to -2 stops to help get a black silhouette.


Shadows are not simply a dark mass that borders the light. Rather, shadows are an entity as alive as the light. It is the shadows that shape the light, draw attention to the light, and integrate with the light to produce striking photographic opportunities.


Reflections come in many different forms and guises, varying from dramatic landscape shots to detailed macro compositions, but there are a few fundamental techniques which will help you achieve better results when dealing with reflections.

With regards to depth of field, try to select a high f-number such as f/11 or higher, this will help level out the subjects of the shot so the eye perceives them in closer relation, enhancing the reflection effect.

Focus depends a lot on the distance between the subject and the reflection. First, try focusing on the subject, then trying focusing on the reflection. This should produce slightly varied results and your preference will depend on how much attention you want to draw to the reflection.

Finally, think about the angle of the light and how it affect the reflection. In a studio setting you can manipulate this to emphasize the reflection, but in a natural setting you may want to explore different viewpoints to find the angle at which the reflection is most visible.

Adding Reflection to Sunglasses using Photoshop


S3.A3.1 - Research

For each style write a one line summary that explains What, How, and Who.

S3.A3.2 - Photograph

Take 10-20 photos of each style. Choose the best of each category and touch up as necessary in Photoshop.

Post your 3 photos

S3.A3.3 - Artistic Statement

Write your artistic statement explaining your influences, artistic process, and photographic/digital manipulation techniques that you used.

S3.A3.4 - Reflection

1. What part of your finished project did you find most successful and why?

2. What part of your finished project did you find least successful and why?

3. If you had to do this project again, what part would you change or improve on and why?