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Thank you so much again to all who joined the photography challenge The Number 3. Your images were absolutely stunning! I am so so happy to see you creating, learning something new and having fun with the challenges.

Let me introduce the new challenge for this week – HARSH LIGHT.

Photography Challenge #3 - Harsh Light | healthy goodies by Lucia

Harsh light is not very used in food photography but it is so much fun to work with.

You can choose the main subject to photograph. It’s up to you. It can be anything you like, such as drinks, meals, water with lemon, some ingredients, fruits, vegetables, spices, etc.

You can make a simple minimalistic image, you can use the rule of 3, you can make a macro shot, or anything else. You just have to make this image with a direct sun (harsh light).

New to a Harsh Light?

If you are new at photography and/or you have never worked with a harsh light before, you can read my blog post about how I shoot with a harsh light. I write the behind the scenes of how I created this image:

Click here to read the blogpost.

Be creative, play with shadows, make them part of the composition. Try to capture them diagonally, it makes the image more dynamic.

Curious to know more behind the scenes of a Harsh Light?

If you want to know more hints & tips, you can subscribe for my newsletter. Soon I will send an email to my subscribers, where I will share more hints&tips for how to capture more dynamic and beautiful image with a harsh light.

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Why to consider joining a photography challenge?

If you feel uninspired, if you feel stuck and not creative, this is a great moment to join me.

No matter if you are at the beginning or advanced level, or you do photography professionally

This is the perfect time to create a positive community, having fun, practice, experiment and learn from each other.


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 or props you have never used before.


This challenge will last for one week, starting from today 10 April, till 17 April (Friday).

There is no specific day when to post the images, you can post them any time you wish within that week.

However, if you wish, feel free to post your images also after this date, please, do so, I will be very happy to see your photos.


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


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


You do not need to register with any email, all you have to do is to follow @healthygoodiesbylucia on instagram, so I can see your images. Please, tag me on your images and mention me also in a caption.

However, if you want to be always informed about new challenges and receive some hints&tips on photography, you can subscribe to my newsletter.


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


Hi there! My name is Lucia, I am a Recipe Developer, Food Blogger and Food & Lifestyle Photographer. I am passionate about creating healthy recipes and mindful photography. 

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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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