Photography Challenge - Week 26

14th September - 21st September 2021

Are you looking for some photography ideas to test your skills and get your creativity flowing? 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...

Still life photo of rubber ducks symbolising the effect of pollution on wildlife

Still Life Photography

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

Still life, whether it be paintings or photography, is traditionally made up of inanimate objects arranged in a deliberate composition that often makes use of form, colour, texture, symbolism, light, and shadow.

Based on the traditional paintings, the art of still life photography dates back to the early 19th century, where photographers pushed the boundaries of this new visual medium, experimenting with composition, framing, texture and light. These images usually include symbolic meaning and often make use of props, purposely build sets and crafted scenes of inanimate objects.

This week’s challenge will allow you to push your photographic boundaries and explore everyday objects in a new, fascinating way. Consider what symbolism you can include in your imagery, what message you want to convey and what tools you can use to do this.

Work by photographers such as Henry Fox Talbot, Roger Fenton and Edward Weston may provide some inspiration and the classes below may offer some useful information too.

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. Can a Still Life be outdoors. Or does it have to be staged? Or is Outdoor still life regarded as Urban Landscape?

    1. Answer, Yes. According to a google search it could be a leaf floating on water. I ask you to accept my torn seat on a red tractor.

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