Photography Challenge - Week 18

30 April - 6 May

Our ongoing weekly photography challenges are a great way to develop your photography skills, learn new techniques and test your creativity. We’ve got 52 weeks of photography challenges to help inspire you. Each topic is designed to be achievable whether you’re shooting at home or in a studio, use natural light or studio lights, have years of experience or just a few months. We started posting weekly challenges more than a year ago and they’ve been so popular we thought we’d continue to run them if you want to try something new or catch up on any that you missed. You can view the full list of challenges here.

This week's challenge is...

Moody portrait

Moody Portraiture

Upload your image to our members Facebook group using the hashtag #KTEWeeklyChallenge or tag us on Instagram, where we’ll share some of our favourites on our stories each week.

How to get creative

This week’s challenge is all about portraiture, specifically moody portraiture. Mood and emotion will be key, and we have some great classes covering the concept of emotion in photography as well as portrait lighting setup ideas.

Remember to carefully consider your background and lighting when creating the images, and of course the expression of your model. You’ll find more information to help guide you and offer inspiration in the recommended classes below.


  • Please rename your image file using your first and last name (e.g. Karl Taylor.jpg).
  • Only images uploaded using the form below will appear in the gallery.
  • Please upload no more than one image.
  • Uploaded images should be 3000px on the longest side.
  • Images can be posted in our members' Facebook group using #KTEWeeklyChallenge, but will not appear in the gallery unless also uploaded via the form.

Submit your image

Use the form below to submit your image for inclusion in the gallery
To view the entry form login or non-members sign-up here to join Karl Taylor Education.


  1. Hi Ben , I’m just wondering if the new Weekly Challenge for Moody Portraits have been posted yet?
    Thanks Ben.


    1. Ben H (KTE Team)

      Hi Greg, I just got them posted – thanks for checking. Yesterday was a public holiday here, hence the slight delay! Thanks for your patience.

  2. Hey there, my post in the FB group raised the topic about what is a portrait. A member stated that if eyes are not visible then it is not a portrait (even if the rest of the face is visible).
    So I would like to make a question to Karl: does a portrait require eyes and catchlight to be considered a portrait?

    1. Hi Kareas, that is an interesting question,

      Simply as information;


      Portraits in contemporary fine art photography style are intended for wall art. Artwork in the fine art portrait photography genre defines the subject’s emotion in a striking and unique style. Photographer has a way of showing his vision of the subject’s character through timeless portraits.

    2. Hi, Kareas I don’t see that a catchlight is necessary and I don’t see that eyes are essential either. Consider the situation of a blind person who may have lost their eyes in an accident or conflict. We can not say that that person does not have a personality or character that can’t be captured. A portrait is to portray someones character, personality and hopefully reveal something of who they are.

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