Photography Challenge - Week 29

15 July - 21 July

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 – view the full list of challenges here.

This week's challenge is...

Portrait photography with shadows

Black on Black

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.

Check out the classes below for guidance and inspiration.


  • 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.

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  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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