This is one of my favorite places in the whole world – the black sand beach at Jökulsárlón in Iceland. When I noticed my tiny reflection on the rock, I decided this was the perfect place for an unusual self portrait. So, I set up my tripod with my camera on it, stood so that the shadows of my camera and tripod were hidden by the shadow of my legs and body. Then, I set a two second timer, released the shutter, and threw my hands into the air. It was an incredibly easy shot – and a really fun and different self portrait. :)
Tips for taking shadow portraits:
1. Look for a simple composition, so that your shadow doesn’t get lost in a cluttered scene.
2. Use a tripod to hold your camera so that your arms are free for a more interesting pose. A 2-second timer will give you time to pose.
3. Hide the shadow of the tripod in your own shadow. Nobody will even know it was there!
4. Shadow portraits work well when the sun is low in the sky. You’ll get a long, stretched out shadow on the ground that is a whole lot of fun to work with.
5. Of course, you’ll want a bright sunny morning or evening for shooting shadows. You won’t have much luck on a cloudy day! ;)