Painters are knowledgeable about composing with light and shadows, and in the movie industries, they are masters. Without light, there is darkness. Shadow is produced when the light source is blocked by something or someone.
The combination of both will impact what we see and will change at different timings.
Many of us will think that with shadows, many details are hidden. Ironically, shades can give us more information about the place, time of the day, mood, details, etc.…
On the aspect of the dramatic mood effect, the contrast of light and shadows is commonly used for black and white photography.
If I'm honest, I'm not a huge hunter for shadows and a light contrast.
I prefer focusing on the content, the story, and aesthetics. But when presented with natural circumstances of light and shadows, I make it a point to embrace it and be creative with it.
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