#2 ‘Light’


Theme: Light

Ooh, this is a broad one!

If you want, you could shoot some lights on your tree at the same time as baubles and save some time (just thinking of you) or you could go for something completely different. Candles look lovely, have a go at light painting with a long exposure, a lightbulb, daylight, light trains from cars shot off a bridge? Your house lit at dusk with lights on inside? So many ideas, these are just a few off the top of my head.

Again, can you involve others in this project? There’s no reason why this couldn’t just be a portrait if got a new set of camera lights and want to try them out, as long as you are being creative with them.

It could be lens flair with the sun going down behind someone’s head, or a sunset… although you might be seeing that challenge later!

If you didn’t do it for the decorations theme, why not head into your town or city and share with us what your part of the world looks like lit up for Christmas.

We love a good story so if it’s your home or child then please tell us. If you’ve given some thought to this and come up with a final image, tell us why. How easy was it to shoot, did you have a load of failed attempts… You get it right!


I did mention a few things in the video that you can find over at these various posts.


Shutter release



See the details from challenge #1, I don’t want to keep filling each post with the rules.



Here’s a few ideas I quickly found using the method I explain in the inspiration post. Well actually they all came from Flickr so thanks if they’re your photos, they’re inspiring!




This is such a broad topic I’d struggle to give you one tutorial so I’ve hunted through old posts of my own and other YouTube clips and found a few things to help you

Light Painting

Wire wool

Photographing FIRE!!!

This one is a tutorial on how to take a backlit portrait. This is a great technique and Mike puts it across very well.


Get posting!

It’s over to you!

So anytime now you can start posting your ideas below and any questions you have.

At any time through January you can post your final image and hopefully we’ll get a good selection flowing down in the comments below. Feel free to comment on others’ work and please as stated above give us a bit of commentary to go along with your image and the camera’s settings.