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The new monthly food photography challenge is here and this time we will learn how to work with light. The theme is called: “Dark & Bright” – and it’s about creating two different moods with the same scene.

You can participate by posting an image into your Instagram feed from 19 June – 15 July.

The challenges will be monthly from now. There are a few reasons why not bi-weekly or weekly:

Firstly, you will have a lot of time to create your image and participate. Secondly, one month gives you a lot of time to re-do your image, as I saw many of you participated in the previous challenges a couple of times.

And thirdly, the aim of the challenge is not to compete, but to learn. I will be giving you more information and behind the scenes about how to create your entry in my newsletters. You can learn something new every week and constantly improve your images. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do so here.

The new theme: Bright & Dark and the moodboard

Lighting is the key factor for creating beautiful images and it’s inevitable for a photographer to know how to manipulate light. That’s why I want to dedicate the whole month to this topic.

The task for the challenge is to create two images, with the same setup/scene but with two different moods.

If you need an inspiration, here are the images I created for this challenge:

If you are curious about how I created these images, what kind of light I used and how I manipulated it, subscribe to my newsletter.

I will share the behind the scenes of these images in a couple of days, and every week in this month, I will share other useful info and insights of lighting. You will learn better how to work with light and how to manipulate it to create beautiful images.

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Do you want to elevate your photography skills and learn about composition, light, storytelling or camera angles? Have you ever thought what are your food photography dreams?

I have created a free program for all creatives who want to take their food photography to the next level and achieve a photography style they dream of.

The program offers a complete learning experience – setting your goals in food photography, preparing an action plan, learning each week something new in my newsletters and putting it all into practice in the monthly challenges.

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Curious about the themes for the next challenges?

You can read all about the future challenges here and you can pin this image to your pinterest too.

Food Photography challenge - Healthy Goodies by Lucia Marecak
Croissants - Food Photography challenge - Healthy Goodies by Lucia Marecak

Why you should participate?

  • photography challenges are a great way to learn something new and improve your photography skills
  • you will join a fantastic community of creatives from around the globe, who share the same passion for food photography
  • if you are stuck and you do not feel creative, joining this challenge can kick you with positive energy and motivate you
  • and also mainly because joining challenges is a lot of fun!

Please, remember to tag your images with @healthygoodiesbylucia, mention me also in a caption and use also a hashtag #capturelearnandinspire, so I can see your entries.

Croissants - Food Photography challenge - Healthy Goodies by Lucia Marecak

Read more information about this food photography challenge:

How to submit and tag images?

Tag your images with @healthygoodiesbylucia, mention me also in a caption and use also a hashtag #capturelearnandinspire.

When should I post images?

You can submit your image any day within the next month. You can join the challenge with multiple entries in different days.

Is there a winner in this food photography challenge?

No, there is no winner in this challenge but you will learn a lot. This challenge will push you to think out of the box and get out of your comfort zone. You will discover new angles, new compositions, and become more creative in creating stunning images.

What is the goal of this photography challenge?

The goal is to learn, get inspired, experiment more with what we have, and push our photography skills to the next level.

Who can participate?

Everyone, around the globe. You can be a beginner or professional food photographer. It’s about learning and getting inspired from each other.

Do I need to register to participate?

This challenge is free for everyone, you do not need to register. All you have to do is to follow @healthygoodiesbylucia on instagram.

Can I receive more hints and tips about how to create my entry for this challenge?

Absolutely! I always inform my subscribers in the newsletter about new challenges and share some helpful information & tips from food photography. If you wish to be part of our club, you can subscribe to my newsletter too.

I am still learning food photography, can I join?

YES! you can join this challenge, whether you are a beginner or advanced in food photography. Challenges are a great way how to push your skills to the next level.




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Mini Guide about Light in Food Photography - Healthy Goodies by Lucia Marecak
Author: Lucia Marecak
Author: Lucia Marecak

Hi there! My name is Lucia, I am a Food & Lifestyle Photographer, Recipe Developer, & Food Blogger.
I host regular Instagram photography challenges for creatives around the globe, and I write weekly newsletters to my subscribers, where I share exclusive hints&tips, behind the scenes, and many other insights from food photography.

About the author

Lucia Marecak - a food photographer, founder of Healthy Goodies by Lucia and food photography teacher at HG Members Club, the most interactive learning platform for food photographers. Ex Human Resources Manager, today creating an amazing and inspiring community for food photographers, helping them to take their skills to the next level, be more creative & confident and create an amazing photography business of their dreams.


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