Low-light photography can be difficult to get right, but sometimes the absence of light can make for a compelling, dramatic photograph.

"Shadowed" by Jen Hooks.

Experimenting with shadows can be a fun and rewarding way to push yourself to try something new with your camera, your subject, and your surroundings. Shadows can also add depth and drama to an otherwise ordinary image.

In the photo I’ve shared, I was sitting with my toddler son on the floor in a corner of our living room, beside a large window that was bathing the room in afternoon sunlight. Many of the photos I took of him in this series were brightly lit, and are, in my opinion, equally darling. But this particular image had a beautiful moodiness to it that I find fascinating, and it is by far my favorite of the group. In order to get this shot, I positioned him perpendicular to the window, so one side of his face was washed in sunlight, while the other was shadowed by a piece of furniture. It looks like we’re in a studio, and you’d never know that we’re tucked into a small corner of a living room, sitting on the floor.

Image of toddler boy with gray hooded sweatshirt, face partially lit and partially shadowed.

“Shadowed” by Jen Hooks.

For this week’s Photo Challenge, find the shadows. You can choose a literal interpretation and shoot an actual shadow, or you can play with the light and dark, and create a moody scene, or capture your subject in a rich and interesting way.

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