Artificial Light: Weekly Photography Challenge

Artificial Light: Weekly Photography Challenge


Image by Stephen Poff

This week your photography challenge is to take and share an image with the theme of ‘artificial light’. This is an opportunity for you to experiment with some kind of lighting that is not ‘natural’. Whether it be the popup flash on your camera, a speedlight flash, off camera flash, studio lights or even lights around your home (lamps, christmas lights, candles, torches, sparklers, car lights etc) – take a shot that is artificially lit in some way and share it in comments below.

The subject matter can be pretty much anything – as long as there’s some element of artificial light in it – let your imagination run wild!

Once you’ve taken your best “Artificial Light” image, upload it to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to it below or embed it in the comments using the our new tool to do so. Please note it sometimes takes us a while to approve comments with images as there’s a moderation queue – particularly over the weekend.

If you tag your photo on Flickr, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag it as #DPSFRAMING to help others find it. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

PS: don’t forget to check out some of the great photos shared last week in the ‘Framing’ challenge.

A Few Lighting Articles from the dPS Archives

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

Some Older Comments

  • John Brink August 21, 2011 02:32 am

    Lit with Nikon SB-900 speedlight with omni-bounce diffuser inside lampshade. Used black gaffers tape on diffuser to dampen direct light aimed directly at model's face.

  • xnobetax August 20, 2011 08:19 pm

  • NDiGiLabs January 18, 2011 04:05 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Light' url='']

  • Bernard ward December 11, 2010 11:30 am

    [eimg link='' title='Let there be light' url='']

  • tammysue79 October 18, 2010 09:56 am

    Fort Hand Festival 2010 fireworks 9/25/2010

    [eimg url='' title='tammysue79-albums-random-picture50545-fort-hand-festival-2010-apollo-pa.jpg']

  • hanamitchi October 16, 2010 08:02 am

    [eimg link='' title='DSC_0615' url='']

  • Keith G October 15, 2010 05:42 am

    Thanks to bluehair41 for the photo tip..

  • lloyd October 14, 2010 02:17 pm

    [eimg link='' title='63 at Nite' url='']

    Nikon D60
    ISO 800
    Shutter Speed 1.0

  • bluehair41 October 14, 2010 01:26 pm

  • bluehair41 October 14, 2010 02:23 am

    Truck headlights, ISO 400, 70mm. TV of 8 seconds and I removed my self after 5 seconds for "ghost" effect. Tripod and 10 second timer so I could place myself in pic. 1st post.FUN !!!

  • Buster October 13, 2010 11:57 pm

    playing with my new 4star filter
    Canon eos50d

  • bluehair41 October 13, 2010 10:57 am

    Truck headlights. TV of 8 seconds, I removed myself from pic after 5 seconds. 70mm, 400 ISO.
    1st try at this weekly challenge.

  • Keith Gillette October 13, 2010 12:06 am

    [eimg link='' title='Faucet' url='']

  • a.d.wade October 12, 2010 05:36 am

    decided to go basic: nightlight and my little princess...

    [eimg url='' title='DPS-101008-01.jpg']

  • Vanita October 11, 2010 12:22 pm

    Im an amateur - this is my first photo submission ever, and one of the first 100 photos taken by my new DSLR. Any comments will be greatly appreciated :)

  • bluehair41 October 11, 2010 11:29 am

    1st DPS post Canon 40D 400 ISO TV 8 seconds, I exited pic after 5 sec to give "ghost" effect. 70mm

  • Sheeba October 11, 2010 12:19 am

  • Amna Irfan October 10, 2010 04:25 pm


  • robby October 10, 2010 09:00 am

    This was made in goat rocks wilderness a few days ago, with big views of mount adams, wa........ it was a full moon and quit darker than it looks, only mt adams was lit anymore. The artificial light was my LED headlamp set to its lowest setting, and held by me 3 feet in front, 3 feet left of, and 3 feet above my friend. I held the remote to set the shutter.
    1.8 secs
    iso 200[eimg link='' title='july2010 273' url='']

  • Benn Gunn October 10, 2010 12:47 am

    [eimg link='' title='Merry go round' url='']

  • Benn Gunn October 10, 2010 12:46 am

    A Merry go Round

  • Stephanie October 10, 2010 12:05 am

    This didn't post the first time, so I'm trying again....I took this at a concert a few weeks back.

    Nikon 50mm lens/ 1/60 sec/1.4 aperture/ISO 1600

    [eimg url='' title='1015569910_iQaR6-M-1.jpg']

  • Guy October 9, 2010 10:50 pm

    And one more

    [eimg link='' title='2010 - Week 39 - Artificial Lighting 05' url='']

  • Guy October 9, 2010 10:49 pm

    Here are mine :)

    [eimg link='' title='2010 - Week 39 - Artificial Lighting 04' url='']

  • Amna Irfan October 9, 2010 10:11 pm

  • Stefano Ottolenghi October 9, 2010 08:01 pm

    Check out this!!

  • Sylvia Campos October 9, 2010 04:21 pm

    [eimg link='' title='dstllos' url='']

  • Sylvia Campos October 9, 2010 04:12 pm

    [eimg link='' title='reflection' url='']

  • Justin Clair October 9, 2010 07:18 am


  • Justin Clair October 9, 2010 07:16 am

  • Venkat Gopal October 9, 2010 04:33 am

    My kids with my bday cake. Too many candles to fit, so had to settle for one. :-)

  • Venkat Gopal October 9, 2010 04:22 am

    My daughter w/her Ipod on a flight from Detroit to Amsterdam.

  • Phillip October 9, 2010 04:08 am

    took this when I was on vacation in Puerto Rico. this is El Morro - or at least a hallway in it. Fort built in the 1500's. the incandescent lights gave this passageway an eerie look.

    [eimg url='' title='El_Morro_hall_HDR-lorez.jpg']

  • Sarah P October 9, 2010 02:02 am

    This is my first time posting, hopefully it works.
    This was also my first "staged" artificial light, portrait shoot I did with my roommate in our appartment, against a red wall and used spotlights to illuminate the subject.

  • ShadowFox205 October 8, 2010 11:52 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Sunrise View from Seat 4A' url='']

    A view of the sunrise from Seat 4A.

  • zach October 8, 2010 07:19 pm

    [eimg link='' title='a good friend and great photographer' url='']

  • Roger Booton October 8, 2010 06:51 pm

    An evening walk through Folkestone, England [eimg url='' title='12635_1248262879648_1021720197_30783011_2052218_n.jpg']

  • Karthik October 8, 2010 03:57 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Grand Canyon in Aritificial Light' url='']

  • hope October 8, 2010 03:39 pm

    [eimg link='' title='DSC_0081' url='']

  • Glendys October 8, 2010 03:12 pm

    [eimg link='' title='My Father's ' url=''][eimg link='' title='My Father's ' url='']

  • Stephanie October 8, 2010 02:58 pm

    [eimg link='' title='gareths baptism 120' url='']

  • Stephanie October 8, 2010 02:56 pm

  • Igor Kapovsky & Maria Kapovska October 7, 2010 08:26 am

    RE-POST with embedded image, sorry.

    once i saw the image of the guy with the lamp cover on his head i almost flipped since me and my sister did a similar thing just a week or so ago (worse quality and execution) it was for my sister’s photo class with theme being artificial light, believe it or not.

    [eimg url='' title='lamp_maaaannnn_by_bulldogg_designs-d2z6n3n.jpg']

  • Tola Seng October 7, 2010 05:39 am

    That is a wonderful shot and a great idea Darren.

    Messing around with a laser pointer:

    [eimg url='' title='1035916211_NEz6B-M.jpg']

  • Chris October 6, 2010 10:10 pm

    Hi guys, some great photos out here...! Here's my contribution!
    [eimg link='' title='Armor of Fire' url='']

  • Darren Forde October 6, 2010 09:13 pm

    Thanks Zuska.

  • Zuska Madar October 6, 2010 08:56 pm

    This is to Darren Forde, what a great idea with the kids and the phones.......I was wondering what that beautiful light was....great shot.


  • Zuska Madar October 6, 2010 06:22 am

    Hi, this is my attempt at shooting with artificial light.
    [eimg link='' title='night time in the city' url='']

  • Sourav October 6, 2010 06:08 am

    [eimg link='' title='Yellow Fountain - small' url='']

  • Sourav October 6, 2010 06:06 am

    [eimg link='' title='Light trails - 2' url='']

  • McGuireuk October 6, 2010 06:00 am

    Second Attempt. This never works for me no matter how I do it.

    This looks like I've copied PICHEAD's entry but this was Taken before i saw his... :)

    [eimg link='' title='Artifical Light Self portrait' url='']

  • Steve M October 6, 2010 04:28 am

    [eimg link='' title='Arm & Ball' url='']

    Shot handheld of ceramic sculpture at Las Cruces Museum of Art.
    Panasonic FZ50
    Exposure time: 1/6
    F-stop: 3.6
    ISO speed: 400
    Focal length: 28.8000
    Focal length (35mm): 136
    Flash: Not fired
    Exposure mode: Auto
    White balance: Manual
    Orientation: Top-left
    Light source: Unknown
    Exposure bias: 0.0000
    Metering mode: Spot
    Exposure program: Normal

  • Beth October 6, 2010 02:30 am

    [eimg url='' title='603.jpg?t=1286295875']

    [eimg url='' title='fencierbig.jpg?t=1286295992']

    [eimg url='' title='incubethbig.jpg?t=1286296126']

    [eimg url='' title='4017.jpg?t=1286296120']

  • yaseen October 6, 2010 12:45 am

    [eimg url='' title='flame.jpg']

  • Mars October 5, 2010 02:06 pm

    here is another share

  • Juan Manuel Moretti October 5, 2010 01:12 pm

    A couple of photos of my spanish guitar, lit by a cheap lamp in my bedroom.

    [eimg url='' title='img1340bis.jpg']

    [eimg url='' title='img1334s.jpg']

  • SpiralOut October 5, 2010 10:34 am

    Fireworks on Neptune.

    Photo taken in Bologna, first post for DPS Weekly Challenge.

    [eimg link='' title='Fireworks on Neptune' url='']

  • Gary Paakkonen October 5, 2010 08:55 am

    [url=][eimg url='' title='1032365167_i2MYs-M.jpg'][/url]

    Nikon D300s
    Nikkor 50/f1.8
    SB600 Speedlight to the front right
    White reflector to rear left
    On-Camera flash with Gary Fong Diffuser
    1/160th second

  • mcguireuk October 5, 2010 08:09 am

    Self Portrait

  • Tola Seng October 5, 2010 06:41 am

    Awesome shots Phillipa! I love them!

    Do you do product photography?

  • Christopher Dean Young October 5, 2010 05:41 am

    This is my first time submitting to the DPS Weekly challenge

  • Shelly M October 5, 2010 04:15 am

  • Shelly M October 5, 2010 04:14 am

  • Darren Forde October 5, 2010 03:06 am

    I took this photo in Mallorca. This was the boardwalk leading from our hotel to the beach. I met some German kids hanging out there and asked them to use their mobile phones to paint circles as they walked along the path.

    [eimg link='' title='Mallorca-1366.jpg' url='']

  • Darren Forde October 5, 2010 02:50 am

    [eimg link='' title='Rian' url='']

  • Evelyn in Oregon October 5, 2010 01:43 am

    I've waited 12 hours or longer, so I think my post didn't make it. My photo illustrates the use of the pop-up flash on my Pentax istD for a photo taken after sunset. My great-niece Kennedy is enjoying her 'yogun' aka yogurt at the end of a very busy day.

    [eimg url='' title='sunday-snapshot.html']

  • Pichead October 5, 2010 01:13 am

    [eimg link='' title='' url='']

    I had a vision of myself standing outside, in the snow or rain with my coat on, lighting a cigarette. It was a shot I wanted to try for awhile but I was tired of waiting for the snow and/or rain so I set up my gear inside and did it this way:

    Feisol-mounted D700 with Nikon 24-70 2.8 lens. I set the ISO to 200 to minimize noise, as I knew much of the photo was going to be black or very dark. I had my aperture set at f/11 in order to have sharpness throughout the photo and my shutter speed (after several test shots) turned out to be 1/50th of a second for optimal results.

    I stood in the dark with a cigarette in my mouth and an SB-600 unit in my hands, turned down to 1/3rd power so as to not overpower my face. This needed to resemble a lighter so I covered the front of the SB unit with a 'Full-Cut' CTO gel which gave it the orange glow. Also in my hand was my remote trigger which fired the camera...

    I'll eventually try this in the snow or rain but, for now, this will hold me over...

  • Jennifer October 5, 2010 12:52 am

  • Tom Crinson October 5, 2010 12:17 am

    Hope this isn't a repost - it seemed to eat my last ones!

    [eimg link='' title='DSC05811-2' url='']
    [eimg link='' title='DSC05799-2' url='']

  • FrameXFrame October 4, 2010 11:43 pm

  • Jorg October 4, 2010 11:35 pm

    Street lights in Marrakesh

  • Anastasiya October 4, 2010 07:07 pm

    i took this photo while there was no electricity in whole city!

  • Harin Vadodaria October 4, 2010 05:25 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Garden light' url='']

  • Jennifer October 4, 2010 02:23 pm

  • Patrick October 4, 2010 12:45 pm

    This is my first upload to this site ever so if it is fubar, sorry.

    [eimg link='' title='DSC_6690' url='']

  • Hey Now October 4, 2010 12:25 pm

    nite lite

  • Paleoanth October 4, 2010 10:48 am

    A grate at a convenience store, taken under fluorescent light

    [eimg link='' title='grate' url='']

    Water drop from my bathroom, also taken with fluorescent light.

    [eimg link='' title='water drop' url='']

  • Gary Paakkonen October 4, 2010 07:40 am

    [url=][eimg url='' title='1032365167_i2MYs-M.jpg'][/url]

    I used a Black Backdrop on Hardwood floors showcasing my Grandsons Big-Wheel Trike using my On Camera Flash to fire and SB600 Speedlight to the front right and bouncing that off of a White Reflector slightly to the rear on the left.
    Nikon D300s
    Nikkor 50mm/f1.8 Prime (75mmequivalent at 35mm)
    ISO 800
    1/160th second
    Exposure Bias -8/6 EV
    Exposure mode: Manual
    Shot in RAW

  • Paul O'Rourke October 4, 2010 07:26 am

    Here is a picture of roundabout in my local town Naas, Ireland.

  • Rob in Atlanta October 4, 2010 02:00 am

    Ha ha! Those are some pretty creative shots.

    No night traffic shots yet? No matter how many times I see those, I still like em.

    Fireworks are cool too.

  • NgeeJee October 4, 2010 01:11 am

    [eimg url='' title='61285_1551733187748_1067690503_1618374_2971344_n.jpg']

    a twilight shot from the 13th floor of a local hotel.

    Kuching, Sarawak (Borneo), Malaysia.

  • Mars October 3, 2010 08:34 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Water Color' url='']

  • rafaelgandi October 3, 2010 08:15 pm

    [eimg link='' title='the optimist' url='']

  • CindyCut October 3, 2010 07:56 pm

    [eimg link='' title='P7238656 nachts' url='']

  • Ted October 3, 2010 04:56 pm

    just took this shot tonight ... got a $3 LED flashlight from Fry's ... can't beat that!

  • Red October 3, 2010 04:41 pm

    Inspired by a whining house mate complaining about power bills...[eimg link='' title='Power usage' url='']

  • Arjun October 3, 2010 04:12 pm

    Here's a snap I took during our local festival.

    [eimg link='' title='Fire Works' url='']


    My Life -

    Do tell me the cons

  • Johan Robbetze October 3, 2010 02:47 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Arwen' url='']

  • delia October 3, 2010 02:09 pm

    My son and I did a "ghost" picture using a long exposure and our one incandescent hallway light bulb.

    [eimg url='' title='October.2.JPG']

  • Alex Lefebvre October 3, 2010 12:20 pm

  • Paul O'Rourke October 3, 2010 09:52 am

    Playing with light trail shots in my local town last night. Loads of artifical light!
    [eimg link='' title='Going Round in Circles' url='']

  • Lizabeta October 3, 2010 08:54 am

    My other favorite from this camping trip. These are NOT my best photos in general.... but we were laughing soo hard, so I love them.
    This is my son, arguing with himself. We did a long exposure, using an flash that I operated off camera, flashing him twice. He's using a glow stick to fence with himself.
    [eimg link='' title='Artificial Light353' url='']

  • Lizabeta October 3, 2010 08:48 am

    We had sooo much fun goofing off with these glow sticks while camping! It's about as artificial as light can get.

    [eimg link='' title='Artificial Light352' url='']

  • TylerGS October 3, 2010 08:07 am

    Shot in full shade with an SB600 flash. The flash was a little to the left of the camera, and diffused with a soft box.

  • Paulo October 3, 2010 07:47 am

  • Cristina Pinheiro October 3, 2010 04:50 am

  • Richard Healy October 3, 2010 04:10 am

    An energy-saving bulb - shot while practising with 'spot-metering"

  • Mitch October 3, 2010 03:23 am

    Just having some fun in the backyard with a hand held flash.

  • John Brink October 3, 2010 02:28 am

    I broke my ankle last winter and made a photo of my bandadged leg. But just for fun I fired my Nikon SB-600 speedlight off-camera to get the light off to the side to add drama (well actually just silly fun). Used the SU-800 wireless commmander on the hotshoe of my D60 to trigger the speedgun. Then I mirrored the image just to see what that would look like and discovered that it had an eerie similarity to a poster for the original "Alien" movie. So I emblished that theme a bit more and took a photo of my face with the SB-600 under my chin and pasted that in there as well. Just felt like being weird since I wasn't able to do much of anything else at the time. Perhaps the vicodin played a role as well :Þ

    [eimg link='' title='Alien Ankle' url='']

  • Dominik Gruszczyk October 3, 2010 01:22 am

    A light bulb behind drink glasses.

  • Catherine October 3, 2010 12:38 am

    In my front hall at 10:00 pm holding a lamp in my left hand to illuminate her face. Loved how it turned out!

  • Devansh October 2, 2010 11:54 pm

    As The Night Falls...

    Lighting Up for Peace

    Golden Water of The Ganga

  • IHSAN October 2, 2010 10:22 pm

    I'm quite preoccupied with a lot of stuff at the moment, but I did some CLS shoots in the past, using off-camera flash.

    they are quite amateurish, because I've only learnt to do it by trial and error, and not under instruction of a seasoned or pro photographer.

    You can see some of my CLS self-portraits here:

    Another impromptu CLS session by the beach, with my friends as the subject:

    I hope some professional or expert photographers can give feedback on these shots. Thanks!

  • Mahesh Garg October 2, 2010 09:19 pm

    Intersting challange, and it was fun when I did this..
    [eimg link='' title='udikaan (waiting for love)' url='']

  • Junn Tan October 2, 2010 09:05 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Danboard + Neko' url='']

    It's my first entry for DPS weekly photography challenge.

  • Naxel October 2, 2010 08:58 pm

    here's a self-portrait

  • Boris October 2, 2010 07:40 pm

    This is my first challenge!

    The light on the first one is from a lamp post next to my house.It was a little foggy.

    This is a bar on the beach.

  • WORKLUCIFER October 2, 2010 07:24 pm

    First post! Had fun with this.
    [eimg url='' title='62803_1532222318715_1629502900_1270106_4860475_n.jpg']

  • Bob White October 2, 2010 07:21 pm

    Here is a My Candle image lit from a light bulb from below

  • Wagner October 2, 2010 05:53 pm

    That's a timely challenge. Just fresh from Floriade NightFest, Canberra (Australia). More on my Flickr page.

  • Wagner October 2, 2010 05:51 pm

    That's a timely challenge. Just fresh from Floriade NightFest, Canberra (Australia). More on my flickr page.

    [eimg link='' title='Floriade NightFest Sept2010' url='']

  • Phillipa October 2, 2010 05:27 pm

    More photos at:

    [eimg url='' title='II_43_fotop.jpg']

    [eimg url='' title='II_40_fotop.jpg']

    [eimg url='' title='36_fotop.jpg']

    [eimg url='' title='IIb_23_OC_fotop.jpg']

    [eimg url='' title='Light_Painting_33_fotop.jpg']

    [eimg url='' title='23_fotop.jpg']

  • Cedric Nunez October 2, 2010 04:26 pm

    [eimg link='' title='DSC_0070' url=''][/url][url=]DSC_0070[/url] by [url=]Cedric John Nunez[/url], on Flickr[/img]

  • Scott October 2, 2010 04:02 pm

    This challenge made me realize just how infrequently I use artficial as the sole light source.

  • Maxime B. October 2, 2010 02:05 pm

    My living room full of artificial lights :)

  • Todd Nichols October 2, 2010 01:33 pm

  • Todd Nichols October 2, 2010 01:32 pm

  • MSunflower October 2, 2010 12:34 pm

    I'm a bit obsessed with long exposures.

    [eimg link='' title='IMG_9193' url=''][eimg link='' title='IMG_8090' url=''][eimg link='' title='' url=''][eimg link='' title='IMG_9276' url=''][eimg link='' title='IMG_8086_Infra_L_luminosity_SML' url=''][eimg link='' title='Rays Of Light' url=''][eimg link='' title='' url='']

    If you look carefully in this one you can find the immense moon hanging over the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background.

    [eimg link='' title='DSCF8535' url='']

  • Tamara G October 2, 2010 12:23 pm

  • FrameXFrame October 2, 2010 12:06 pm

    [eimg link='' title='Studio Practice 1 ' url='']

    First time practicing with studio lighting. It was a lot of fun.

  • FrameXFrame October 2, 2010 12:00 pm

    Error? The tagging for the challenge is the same as last weeks... #DPSFRAMING. Is it suppose to be "#DPSARTIFICIALLIGHT?"

  • Dacogent October 2, 2010 11:36 am

    [eimg link='' title='Big Calm' url='']
    [eimg link='' title='Spot light park' url='']

  • Dacogent October 2, 2010 11:35 am

  • Wagner October 2, 2010 09:56 am

    That's a timely challenge;-). Fresh from Floriade NighFest - Canberra, Australia.

    [eimg link='' title='Floriade NightFest Sept2010' url='']



  • TylerGS October 2, 2010 08:56 am

    "Smoochin' in the City"

    Shot late afternoon in full shade. Lit with an SB600 speedlight, off camera a little to the left.

    [eimg link='' title='Smoochin' in the City' url='']

  • jorge quintero October 2, 2010 08:47 am

    This is for the artificial light challenge.

    [eimg url='' title='IMG_8567JORGE_QUINTERO.jpg']

  • Igor Kapovsky & Maria Kapovska October 2, 2010 08:42 am

    once i saw the image of the guy with the lamp cover on his head i almost flipped since me and my sister did a similar thing just a week or so ago (worse quality and execution) it was for my sister's photo class with theme being artificial light, believe it or not.

  • Richard Healy October 2, 2010 08:26 am

    [eimg link='' title='filament1' url='']

    Was playing about with spot metering last night and got this shot.

    (RE-submission. bad URL submitted previously.)

  • Richard Healy October 2, 2010 08:18 am

    [eimg link='' title='filament1' url='']

  • jose luis arellano October 2, 2010 08:17 am

    this is my example of artificial light[eimg link='' title='damaris4' url='']

  • CindyCut October 2, 2010 08:13 am

    candle light and off camera flash:

    [eimg link='' title='P7238656 nachts' url='']

  • Maxime B. October 2, 2010 07:53 am

    This is my living room with all my artificial lights ;)[eimg link='' title='Salon_HDR_Panorama1' url='']

  • Jon Cromwell October 2, 2010 06:40 am

    Couple of pictures from the studio, more on my flickr page :)

  • Cedric Nunez October 2, 2010 06:36 am

    [eimg link='' title='DSC_0070' url='']