Lighting & Shadow Illusion

Check out the above video, which uses some lighting magic to make our photographic brains hurt.  After you’ve watched it, can you explain why this illusion occurs?  Leave a comment below.

[via Strobist]



  1. Patrik says

    The “shadow” is printed on the paper. Her hands never experience that “shadow”, they are always lit evenly from above. Same goes for that piece of paper she moves. Stop the film once the piece is lying half-way across the shadow’s edge. There is no edge on the piece she moves either. Looks really nice, but the light behind the pillar is not strong enough to actually cast the shadow you think you see.