Light Trails | Weekly Photography Challenge

This weekly photo challenge is deigned to complement our free online photography basics classes. Each week we will set a different theme and your homework is to go out and photograph a collection of images related to that theme.


You can start this challenge whenever you like and do the different themes in any order you see fit. Think of these challenges as a photography workout. Don’t just do them once and not revisit them. If you do start these challenges as you begin our online basics classes then in a few months why not revisit older challenges to see how much better a photographer you have become.

Photo Challenge Mmeory Gate

Also try to think outside the box as much as possible. Photography is as much about creative interpretation as it is about technical prowess.


If at any time you’d like a critique of your images then please feel free to email us.


This is a fun project that you can do with almost any camera, all you need is the ability to set your shutter to BULB.

The BULB setting basically keep your camera’s shutter open for as long as you allow it to. On most cameras you would press the shutter button once to open the shutter and again to close it. This means you can get creative with the light that coming into your camera.


The first time I tried photographing light trails (of cars) was at college. Back then we were using film so all of the results were a surprise to us when we got back to the darkroom and processed the film.

For my college project I got my dad to drive me around at night on roads that were busy with passing cars but not so busy that we were stuck in traffic. I sat in the passenger seat and took 3 or 4 second exposures.

For really good results try mounting your camera on a tripod overlooking a busy flyover.

The less ambient light the better so stay away from stress lights if you are set up in one place.

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