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Challenge 15: Common Object

Show us something common in your life! Basically, it could be anything. Capture it in a common way or unconventional use! But here’s the hard part – create a photo that makes us want to look at your common object. Use light, composition, and color to draw us in. Maybe show us the magic in an everyday object!

Challenge 14: Calm

The last year has felt difficult and chaotic at times, so let’s find a way to bring calm through the images we create.
I found this article interesting as it talks about embodying the mood you want to convey in your photos. So I would suggest you find a place of inner calm or peace before you create this week’s photo

Challenge 13: Wabi Sabi

I’ll admit, I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my photography. And sometimes, I feel that a photo can end up so perfect that it no longer has any feeling or sense of reality left and therefore doesn’t have the kind of impact on the viewer that is the ultimate goal of my work.

Jess came up with this challenge and I’m personally looking forward to exploring this concept.

Quite simply, wabi-sabi is a Japanese expression that means the beauty of a naturally imperfect world. This week, look for the beauty of imperfection! Think peeling paint, rusted metal, a broken leaf – “photography of the overlooked beauty, photography of worn and weathered beauty.”

Challenge 12: Light Painting

It’s time for your March teaching challenge! The last few challenges have been relatively easy, so now it’s time to flex your creative muscles! I’ve never done light painting before, so I’m in the same boat as many of you.

To do this challenge, you will need some way of stabilizing your camera for a long exposure. I promised you this challenge would be accessible without special equipment, so if you don’t have a tripod, you can use a stool, chair, fencepost, etc. to have your camera stabilized for a long exposure. And if you don’t have a shutter release, then use the timer on your camera to start the exposure.

”Light painting is a photography technique that uses a moving light source (e.g., a flashlight) to add light to a subject while taking a long-exposure photograph. A scene or object can be brought to life by painting with a beam of light.” from this article, which would be a good place to start:

There seem to be two different kinds of light painting. One is to shine a light on a subject in a dark setting (indoors or outside at night) and the other is to have the light source in the frame to create bright, colorful shapes.
Here are some more articles and videos to help you with this technique!

Basic Guide to Light Painting:

How to Light Paint at Night:

Learn How to Light Paint with ANY Camera

10 Light Painting Ideas:

Challenge 11: Texture

Texture can be smooth, rough, patterned, torn, rippled, etc. Play with the direction of light to give more detail to your texture!

Note: Please photograph texture – don’t add it later using any overlays.

Challenge 10: Negative Space

Negative space is the space surrounding your subject in a photo, and this week we’re going to concentrate on having more negative space fill the photo than our subject.

Challenge 09 – Abstract

Jess here – this is probably my least favorite photo challenge. I’m very literal! But this week we get to play with light, shapes, color, pattern, shadows, and more!

Challenge 08: Flatlay

A flat lay is a popular style of product and food photography. It’s harder than it looks because arranging items in harmony with each other while drawing the viewer’s eye through the image.

Pick a theme for your flat lay and then find props that will help you tell that story!

Tip! If you can use a tripod, you will have less of a backache when you’re done creating your image!

This article will give you a great overview:

Here are a few videos to inspire you:

Choose and Arrange Props for Instagram:


5 Essential Steps to Great FLAT LAY Photography:

Challenge 07: Complementary Colors

Color plays a huge role in our photography. This week we’re going to be intentional about our use of colors and create an image that contains complementary colors!

Here’s a neat video about how Complementary Colors were used in styling ”The Queen’s Gambit”

Complementary Colors in Photography:

Go Deep into Color Theory with this vide:

Challenge 06: Rule of Thirds


The Rule of Thirds is the process of dividing an image into thirds, using two horizontal and two vertical lines. This imaginary grid yields nine parts with four intersection points.

When you position the most important elements of your image at these intersection points, you produce a much more natural image. It is also suggested that any horizon is placed on either the top horizontal line or bottom horizontal line.

An off-center composition is pleasing to the eye because it’s typically where the eyes go first. When there is a subject or object off-center, it also gives viewers the ability to interact with that space between them. This allows for interpretation and conversation between the subject and the background, as opposed to a fully centered subject.

One challenge you may face in moving your subject off-center is maintaining focus. There are several ways to focus on something that isn’t centered in your frame and they are demonstrated in this simple video:

For a more advanced challenge, layer your image with multiple subjects falling on the lines formed by the rule of thirds grid.

Challenge 05: In the Kitchen

This is a bonus teaching challenge because I accidentally thought it was last week’s challenge. So enjoy the extra resources!

Show us something in your kitchen! Family members cooking, the food you’re eating, a cup of coffee in your favorite window light, abstract utensils, macro shots of dishware, the possibilities are endless. The kitchen is often the heart of our home and we’d love to see what inspires you in this space!

Challenge 04

Happy New Year!

This week we want to see you! It’s not easy to switch from photographer to photographed and the task can feel daunting – but remember this is a safe space! Whether you take a headshot of yourself or an environmental portrait (a portrait showing yourself in your natural habitat, your happy place), experiment and have fun! I think most importantly, don’t try and hide in this week’s portrait. There are many ways to take a self-portrait (hint: we might try another version later this year!) but find a way to be seen this week. Here are some links to get you thinking!


Jessica shared this: My self-portrait (from January 2020) was taken with my camera on a tripod (pointing straight down) in my living room with natural light from the windows. I laid black construction paper on the ground and put a stuffed animal in my spot to test the exposure and set the focus. I brought our new puppy over and laid down in my spot – our other dog had to come to check me out too! I used a remote trigger release (discussed in the video below) to capture the image.

3 different methods to take a self-portrait:

Challenge 03: Warmth

After receiving feedback about the planned theme for this week (Family), I’m going to change it. I don’t want to be insensitive to those struggling with isolation right now. Let’s instead do ”Warmth”

Convey the feeling of warmth in a photo.

Here’s my tip for capturing Warmth – especially when shooting into the sun like in this photo: use cloudy or shade white balance on your camera. Auto white balance will read the scene as too warm and cool it down. Setting your white balance to cloudy or shade will set the white balance independent of how the camera sees the scene.

Challenge 02: Red

Concentrate on color this week – specifically red! Make a single red object pop, or fill the frame with red.

How to Photograph for One Color: Red –

32 Beautiful Examples of One Color Photography

Challenge 01: Do-Over

This week, you get a do-over using one of the themes from the 7 Day Challenge. If you’re new here, then you get to pick a challenge and execute it!

Here were the Challenge themes and the tip emails that accompanied them:

Black and White

Close up

Far Away


Shadow or silhouette

Window Light

Through an Object