Photography Challenge - Week 29

5th October - 12th October 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...

Portrait photography with shadows


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

Black-on-black photography is a simple technique that can look really effective… when done correctly. Key to this is ensuring there is enough separation between the subject and the background, and this applies whether you’re shooting products or people.

The last thing you want is a subject that disappears into the background, which means there has to be some visible separation between the two. There area few techniques you could use to achieve this: add rim lighting to the subject, add a light on the background, or carefully control the exposure on the subject and background (checking your histogram might be helpful here to ensure you aren’t losing any details).

Whichever way(s) you choose, this week’s challenge will give you ample opportunity to experiment and test your lighting skills.

We have a few classes on Karl Taylor Education that will offer some guidance and inspiration, which you can find 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.

Week 29 - KTE Members Gallery

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


  1. Hi there, would using a subject matter that is not brand new detract from the spirit of the challenge and carry less weight, image quality aside?

    I could buy a new product but would like to photograph a used one that I have in mind which will show signs of use!!

    Thanks, Andrew

    1. Hi Andrew, I generally buy new ones if it’s a small product or close up as all the small scratches will show up.

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