Photography Challenge - Week 5

20th April - 27th April 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

All images consist of light and shadows, but with the focus often being placed on the former, we often tend to forget about the importance of shadows. Shadows play an important part in images; they create contrast, reveal form and texture and allow us to convey mood and emotion. This week, challenge yourself to see photography in a different light and see what you can create for the theme of ‘Shadows’. This is your chance to get creative. You can use this challenge to really explore form, shape, texture and mood, whether you’re photographing people, products or even landscapes.

If you’re looking for ideas or inspiration, you’ll find numerous classes throughout the site that show you how to use light and shadow, including our ‘The emotion of light’ and ‘A guide to lighting emotion’ live shows. Below are a few other classes that you may find useful 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.

Week 5 - KTE Members Gallery

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


    1. Karl mentioned last week that there isn’t the time to critique every week. I think he is busy with other things this week (live show on website design). Hopefully challenge critiques back soon.

  1. Hi Karl & Team,
    Am I right in saying you won’t be doing a live show for this weeks ‘shadows’ challenge?
    Just a suggestion and I’m sure you’re all over this already but perhaps a way to vote and comment on members images right here on the site could be a good way of keeping these challenges going, also driving traffic away from FB onto this site.

    Just an idea and I’m sure you’re already way ahead of the game anyway! Keep safe and well.

  2. Hi there. Thanks for your reply. I know there are workarounds, but its just a bit clunky compared to the FB group where the photo and comments are all in one place straight away. This really shows up if there are a lot of submissions, and a lot of comments. Thanks again, and good luck with the development.

  3. For the KTE team. Unless I’m missing something, you cannot link comments here to a specific image in the gallery, so I guess that’s why everyone does that in the FB group.

    1. Hi David, yes you are correct the comments are a general board. You can of course roll your mouse over the image to identify the photographer and then mention any image specifically or by describing it. We are working to improve the members challenge areas and introduce members galleries as soon as we can.

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