Understanding light and shadow in photography.

Discover the importance of light and shadow when capturing stunning images and editing photos.

All images are made up of a particular balance of brightness and darkness. In other words, all photos have a balance of light and shadow that contribute to how we each see and perceive an image.

When capturing photos, it’s important to find this balance — furthermore, it’s useful to know how to maximize this balance when editing. Keep reading to learn more about light and shadow in photography.

Why are light and shadow important?

The contrast of light and shadow is important for the proper balance of images. Light makes an image seem brighter while shadow can draw drama to a certain part of an image’s composition. For great photos, a careful balance is needed.

The right balance of light and shadow can help your image by:

That’s not all — light and shadow play a key role in adding crucial elements to your images, often acting as the fine line between a good photo and a stunning image.

Many different factors will play important roles in great photo composition — light and shadow are no exception.

How to adjust light and shadow when editing.

Often, capturing the right balance of light and shadow is tricky. That’s where good editing software comes in.

For example, adjusting your light and shadow in Adobe Lightroom is easy. Simply move the individual sliders to deepen or lighten your highlights and shadows for the perfect image composition.

Unlock your editing potential.

Even perfectly captured images can use a little editing from time to time. Discover some great photography tips to get you started, then explore what you can do to up your editing game with Lightroom today.