Photography Challenge - Week 12

18 March - 24 March

Photography challenges are a great way to develop your photography skills, learn new techniques and test your creativity. Why not get involved in this week’s challenge and try something new? You can view the full list of challenges here.

This week's challenge is...

Portrait photography with shadows

Light Painting

Key to this week’s challenge is an understanding of flash duration. Once you understand this, you’ll be able to apply this technique to any subject of your choice, whether it be architecture at night, models in the studio or even product photography.

Light painting is a great way to produce some very creative images, and it isn’t as difficult as it may seem. But before you start, there are a few things that may help. Firstly, make sure you use the best light source for your ‘painting’. Powerful torches work well if you’re shooting outdoors, while LED lights may work better indoors. Next, think about your photo before you start shooting. Test your shot before and figure out elements like composition and background (and make sure you use a tripod). Finally, think outside the box. There are many, many ways you can get creative with light painting, so don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things.

Below are a few classes that will help you for this week’s challenge.


  • 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, 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 Visual Education.

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