Weekly Photography Challenge – People Photography


In my career as a photographer I’ve covered many genres from studio product photography, editorial, industrial, food photography, weddings, portraits, fine art, and travel – but through all of that, I’m primarily a people photographer. I like to photograph people.

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Shoe repair man in Nicaragua – By Darlene Hildebrandt

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Model at sunset – By Darlene Hildebrandt

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Cuban beauties – By Darlene Hildebrandt

Whether it’s in a studio environment doing a posed portrait, a candid doing street photography, a shop owner or vendor in a foreign country – people are always interesting and challenging to photograph.

Weekly Photography Challenge – People

We’ve got lots of articles to help you as you go about photographing people this week in fact it’s our feature topic right now. You can see all the ones we’ve done so far this week below, and watch for more people photography articles over the next few days:

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Nicaraguan school kids – By Darlene Hildebrandt

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Wedding fun – By Darlene Hildebrandt

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Cuban dancers – By Darlene Hildebrandt

You can also check out our ebooks on people and portrait photography:

So if you are not inclined to photograph people and this challenges makes you a bit nervous – maybe now is the time to get out of your comfort zone and just do it. I promise they won’t bite!

Share your images below:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

You can see some of mine here on this page – now it’s your turn to share, and show me your people photos.



After lit using a combination of flash and natural light at 1/30th of a second.


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Darlene Hildebrandt is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join a photo tour to some exotic places.

  • Sarah Demuth

    had to many but loved this guy.

  • Bernie Gellman

    Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Cherry Blossoms

  • Gerard N.

    A local fan in a Dodger baseball game.

  • Jan Dear

    …….my man …………

  • mph

    My friend’s daughter, simply enjoying the San Diego beach

  • Jan Dear


  • Cherlynn

    A snapshot of my natural beauty… My daughter.

  • Barbs

    This was the Cupid Undie Run in NYC this past February. The real feel temperature was four below zero !

  • Barbs

    This family really enjoyed the St. Patrick’s Day parade in NYC

  • Marjorie Bull

    My dad on his 98th birthday. We were having breakfast at his usual coffee shop. Point-and-shoot camera, window lighting, no fancy setup or equipment, but I love the way the blue-grey tiles and shirt bring out the color of his eyes. That was pure luck.

  • Raghuvaradan Js

    Shopping,I took this picture in the streets of shivaji nagar shopping area,bangalore india.

  • th3mi55ingl1nk

    Photo taken in Albufeira 2013 <a data-flickr-embed="true"

  • jonnybooks

    girl holding baby

  • Terry Phillips

    Margaret, almost 90 years old. An absolutely wonderful experience photographing her.

  • Andrew Bones

    The Little Princess

  • Andrew Bones

    The Violinist

  • Andrew Bones

    Happy Girl

  • Morto

    Here’s my gorgeous model in the hot Dubai desert.

  • Higbe33

    On old west event in our town.

  • Tracy Williams

    Two Rocks in Western Australia

  • Richard A. Phillips

    A Lady


    Single flash backlit with white cardboard sheet as a reflector.

  • vikas jha

    its tradition of hindu religion in india to obtain sacred thread ceremoniously. my sister’s son getting this honor by his grand father

  • Donna Parsons

    This is my dad probably about 4 yrs. before he passed away – pretty sure after my mom died and obviously before he turned in his American Legion uniform – also obviously he was part of their honor guard – for a long time he was the “taps” man, back before they had a bugle, when they just played it on an old cassette recorder – remember those? – they still didn’t go to a real bugle but they have these kind that have a recorder thing you put in them but they want you to act like you’re playing and he said his old arms just couldn’t hold up to holding them up like that so he gave that job up and became a flag folder – yes, of those folded flags you get at a military funeral – so, when his turn came they definitely turned out for him to do him the honor – but his partner could hardly get through it doing it for him without him on the other end – even though he had given even it up some time before, so it wasn’t his first time – but it was, of course, for them to do it for him – was so touching and meaningful – so glad I got this of him in at least this much of his uniform – we do have newspaper ones at ceremonies – they didn’t just do funerals – they did both Memorial Day ceremonies at ceremeteries and Veterans Day ones – of him in his full uniform with his coat on – wish I’d taken this one closer up (rather than it being just cropped)

  • Jindra Aston

    One day on street, I love this moments and people on street

  • shashi daniels

    Gimme sum!

  • shashi daniels

    Oh For a Drink on a Hot Summer Day!

  • shashi

    Oh for a drink on a hot summer day!

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