Photography Challenge - Week 29

6th October - 13th October 2020

If you’ve never considered photographing hands, chairs, or experimenting with light painting, our weekly challenges are the perfect opportunity to get outside your comfort zone and try something new. This is one of the best ways to develop new skills and explore new interests and grow as a photographer.  If you’ve missed any of the previous challenges, you can view them all here.

This week's challenge is...

Portrait photography with shadows


Upload your image to our members Facebook group using the hashtag #KTEWeeklyChallenge.

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.

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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