Photography Challenge - Week 4

14th April - 21st April 2020

Photography challenges are a great way to develop your photography skills, learn new techniques and test your creativity. Over the next 12 weeks we’ll be running a series of weekly photography challenges exclusively for members to help you practice your photography. At the end of this week, Karl will review a selection of the submitted images, giving his feedback and general advice.

Watch the LIVE image review

This week's challenge is...

Creative photo of an egg

Close Up / Macro Of Stationery

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

How to get creative

This week we’re challenging you to take a closer look at something we all have laying around the house — stationery. Macro photography is a great way to get creative as it enables us to look at and see the ordinary in extraordinary ways. Be it a macro shot of highlighters or a creative arrangement paper, think outside the box to see what you can come up with this week. A few key points to keep in mind are: think about colour and how you can incorporate this; consider composition and how you can use this to your advantage; and be mindful of your background and how this compliments your shot. There’s no limit to what you can create — as long as it classifies as macro photography.

If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, below are a few classes that you may find useful.

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...

  • Live image reviews will be approximately one-hour long, with Karl reviewing a selection of up to 20 images.
  • Members can submit any one image (taken at any time) for the challenge but due to time restrictions priority will be given to critiquing images taken in the spirit of the challenge 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 as well as shown as part of a slideshow during the live image review.
  • One final photo per person will be accepted.
  • Images should be 2000px on the longest side. Although Facebook compresses images, at this size they should still be good enough quality for Karl to review.
  • Cut off for submissions will be 00:00 BST / 19:00 EDT the Monday before the image review.

All images submitted will feature in a gallery on our website and be shown as part of a slideshow during the live image review, but due to a one-hour time limit priority will be given to critiquing a selection of up to 20 images that were taken during the week of the challenge (a second image can be submitted to show this). A breakdown of these guidelines can also be found on the Facebook group.

Week 4 - KTE Members Gallery

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


  1. I really value your feedback as it helps me to see things I missed and clarify my thinking/approach in my work. For the most part I think your comments are on point and very well put.

    I’m going to sorely miss future critiques on these weekly challenges. I think it’s a big mistake to stop them. They are one of the best ways to learn that you offer on your platform.

    Please reconsider your decision to stop these critiques.

    1. Hi Christopher, thanks for your feedback. The critiques are valuable but they are also very time consuming and quite tiring to undertake every week, they were also starting to run towards 2 hours on each event. We also have a large proportion of our membership that are professional photographers that are not looking for critiques on their work and there preference is for top level information from other pros (as with our increased guest shows) as well as a selection of other live shows on websites, business, post-produciton and shooting. As such and to accommodate this we are unable to continue with weekly critiques although the challenges will continue weekly. My plan however is still to try and find additional time to do critique overviews from a selection of images from the challenges and I will try to fit this into the schedule.

  2. Thank karl sir for the complements on my picture and special thanks to you for given a feedback on every single pictures. karltaylore education is one of the best platform to improve photography skills.

    1. Karl,

      If the consensus is truly to stop… then stop. I find it hard to believe that – even with a large number of professional members that there is not more interest in hearing your critiques. I’m fully aware of the importance of “baiting the hook to suit the fish” and establishing priorities that are in line with the wishes of your audience. It just seems to me that there must be more interest in your critiques then you realize. I know that in my case, as a professional myself, I regard professional feedback extremely valuable. Please take my feedback for what it’s worth.

      In any event, thank you very much for going the extra mile (especially in these trying times – which prompted the weekly challenges in the first place) and please stay strong, healthy and safe.

      — Chris Moore

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