Photography Challenge - Week 5

29 January - 4 February

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.


  • Please rename your image file using your first and last name (e.g. Karl Taylor.jpg).
  • Only images uploaded using the form below will appear in the gallery.
  • Please upload no more than one image.
  • Uploaded images should be 3000px on the longest side.
  • Images can be posted in our members' Facebook group using #KTEWeeklyChallenge, but will not appear in the gallery unless also uploaded via the form.

Submit your image

Use the form below to submit your image for inclusion in the gallery
To view the entry form login or non-members sign-up here to join Karl Taylor Education.


    1. DavidMorgan

      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. DavidMorgan

    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. DavidMorgan

    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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