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. If you’ve been feeling angry, frustrated, confused or even sad during the recent months, this should be the perfect opportunity to express yourself through photography!

Mood and emotion are key to this week’s challenge, 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.

About the challenge

We’d love for all our members to get involved in our weekly challenges, but to ensure everyone gets maximum benefit from these, there are a few guidelines...

  • Members can submit any one image (taken at any time) for the challenge but in the spirit of the challenge we encourage you to post images taken during the week. A second image can be uploaded to show this (i.e with your phone in shot with the date showing).
  • All images submitted to our Facebook group will be displayed in a members gallery on Karl Taylor Education.
  • Images should be 2000px on the longest side.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page, exclusive members group and Instagram stories for the latest challenge. Share your images in our exclusive members Facebook group to feature in our weekly galleries on Karl Taylor Education or share your images on Instagram with the hashtag #KTEWeeklyChallenge and we’ll share some of our favourites on our stories each week.


  1. 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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