Photography Challenge - Week 26

15th September - 22nd September 2020

Getting outside your comfort zone and experimenting with different subjects is one of the best ways to learn and develop new skills in photography. Our ongoing weekly photography challenges provide the perfect opportunity to do this, while also testing your creativity. If you’ve missed any of the previous challenges, you can view them all 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.

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.

Week 26 - KTE Members Gallery

Each week we'll showcase a selection of members #KTEWeeklyChallenge photos 🙂


  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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