Available Light Portraits: Weekly Photography Challenge


This week we are celebrating the launch of our brand new Portrait Lighting eBook so I thought it might be fun to have a portraiture themed weekly challenge.

Bus People

Your challenge is to take and share a portrait image that only uses the available light in the setting where you’re shooting.


So if you’re outside during the day – shoot only using natural light. If you’re inside, only use the light in the room (window light, the normal artificial lights in the room etc).

golden light

So – you can use artificial light but no your speed light or any studio lights – just what is there in the setting you’re shooting in. I hope that makes sense!

Once you’ve taken your ‘Available Light’ photos, upload your best ones to your favourite photo sharing site either share a link to them even better – embed them in the comments using the our comments tool to do so.

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

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in last weeks Soft challenge – there were some great shots submitted.

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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

  • Eliot October 2, 2013 02:00 am

    Is there a winner ?

  • Rohit Anand September 19, 2013 12:53 am

    Playing kid on a hill in evening...


  • Rohit Anand September 19, 2013 12:52 am

    Playing kid on a hill in evening...


  • Rohit Anand September 18, 2013 10:39 pm

    Playing kid on hill in evening...


  • Rohit Anand September 18, 2013 10:38 pm

    Playing kid on a hill in evening... [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/ar_rohitanand/9799732716/' title='Playing kid on a hill in evening...' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7427/9799732716_0624ab9e96.jpg']

  • Rohit Anand September 18, 2013 10:35 pm

    Playing kid on a hill in evening...
    [eimg url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7427/9799732716_0624ab9e96_n.jpg' title='9799732716_0624ab9e96_n.jpg']

  • Rohit Anand September 18, 2013 10:33 pm

    Playing kid on a hill in evening...
    [eimg url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7427/9799732716_0624ab9e96.jpg' title='9799732716_0624ab9e96.jpg']

  • Hamza Ali September 18, 2013 05:03 pm


  • grandpachip September 17, 2013 03:22 am


    Here goes again. Available light.

    Taken 9/15/13

  • grandpachip September 17, 2013 03:10 am


    Taken late 9/15/13 as a takeoff of a famous dutch painter.

  • Leisa Ramos September 15, 2013 07:26 pm

    * https://fbcdn-photos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/215046_1636781648863_4466265_n.jpg
    * Our squirrel "Cracker" -I thought this one was interesting one to share I was outside feeding the squirrels and the blue bowl mixed with the cloudy day was putting off a unique reflection of light on the squirrel! I just had to grab my camera and cherish the art at that moment!

  • Leisa Ramos September 15, 2013 07:03 pm

    Forgive me for adding more but I love to share.
    *Inside available light- My best friend in 2009, relaxed on the window ledge while I checked email.
    ?She's in heaven now.

  • Leisa Ramos September 15, 2013 06:48 pm

    *Morning Natural Light- Our Kitty on top of the dog house sitting, watching me feed the squirrles one morning. 1) https://fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn2/171520_1531654940761_6481625_o.jpg
    Bad or good critiques welcomed.

  • Leisa Ramos September 15, 2013 06:37 pm

    *Daylight Collage -evening sun-
    (Bad critiques welcomed...)

  • E. O'Bannon September 15, 2013 03:35 am

    Must not have liked the URL... I'll try again.

  • Hamza Ali September 14, 2013 10:17 pm

    This is my cat Sheru posing near a window while watching the birds.

  • Jim Woodward September 14, 2013 09:48 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/101696905@N05/9741383992/' title='ER0Q9367' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7357/9741383992_cb5fcd93bc_c.jpg']

  • Jim Woodward September 14, 2013 09:44 pm

    Sheryl Crow at Plaza NYC

  • E. O'Bannon September 14, 2013 04:12 am

    This was taken at an old west movie set near Santa Fe, NM.

    [eimg url='http://500px.com/photo/28121793' title='28121793']

  • tankhimo September 13, 2013 01:59 am

    On a tour bus

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/tankhimo/9593559336/' title='4.Oslo_466' url='http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2856/9593559336_9b423648ac.jpg']


  • Matt September 13, 2013 01:21 am

    [eimg url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7412/9732790058_72ae2a5bf7_b.jpg' title='9732790058_72ae2a5bf7_b.jpg']

  • Giacomo September 12, 2013 05:10 am



  • Rui Silva September 11, 2013 11:58 pm

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/ruicoutos/9599283992/' title='' url='http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7305/9599283992_bb63d2f212.jpg']


  • Rui Silva September 11, 2013 11:57 pm


  • Laura Harwood September 11, 2013 04:26 pm

    [url=http://mountaingirlphotography.smugmug.com/Children/Lily/i-h6ZpQqD/A][eimg url='http://mountaingirlphotography.smugmug.com/Children/Lily/i-h6ZpQqD/2/M/_C4A0670Faces%20of%20Lily%5BBW%5D-M.jpg' title='_C4A0670Faces%20of%20Lily%5BBW%5D-M.jpg'][/url]

  • Laura Harwood September 11, 2013 04:24 pm

    This photo was taken by a window on a cloudy day.

  • Rui Silva September 11, 2013 10:39 am


  • Mike Griffin September 10, 2013 01:14 am


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  • Emiliano September 9, 2013 09:57 pm


  • Susan Sorko September 9, 2013 01:21 pm


  • Jen Parker September 9, 2013 12:02 pm


  • Ruth Anderson September 9, 2013 09:30 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/canadiandragon/9706017466/' title='I heart that hat' url='http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5527/9706017466_cc246b0c3c.jpg']

  • Ruth Anderson September 9, 2013 09:29 am


  • blueb3ll September 9, 2013 02:09 am


  • Marc Eliot September 8, 2013 03:48 am


  • Fabio Petry September 8, 2013 12:35 am

    Carrot light

  • Tom Kummer September 7, 2013 09:16 pm


  • Lukasz September 7, 2013 06:37 pm


  • Olivia September 7, 2013 01:59 pm

    my portraits via www.olivialorrainetran.com/portraits

  • Joshi Daniel September 7, 2013 01:22 pm

    Mine: http://joshidaniel.com/2013/08/11/251/

  • Jack Foster Mancilla September 7, 2013 06:48 am

    A light bulb was available.

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