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Chapter 10. Shadows > How to Think About Shadows

How to Think About Shadows

Lay your hand on top of the desk you are sitting at (assuming you're not lounging on the sofa). Notice how dark the shadow below your hand appears. Now, slowly lift your hand above the surface and see what happens to the shadow. It should become lighter, and the edge should become softer. You might also notice that the shadow became larger—it's not always easy to see that happening, but it does. If there is more than one light source above your hand, you will most likely see multiple shadows. If you were to draw a line from one of the light sources to the middle of your hand, and then continue the line through your hand until it hits the desk, the line should be smack dab in the middle of the shadow.

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If you combine two images that have radically different light sources, it will be difficult to recreate realistic shadows. The dissimilar lighting of the subjects will not relate in a natural way to the new shadows you're creating, and your mind will know something is not right about the image.



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