Our challenge this month is inspired by National Science Week! My science obsession, being a photographer, is obviously light. In this science/photography challlenge we’ll be talking about visible light. But you may not realise that light encompasses the whole range, from radio waves, microwaves, infrared, UV, X-rays and gamma rays. Visible light sits nicely in the middle of this scale, between infrared and UV light. The simplest way to think of light is that it is energy. If you’re interested in learning more in a really accessible way, there’s a great book called “Light – the visible spectrum and beyond” by Kimberly Arcand and Megan Watzke that’s well worth checking out.


In photography we are used to using light to capture or accentuate our subject matter. But what if we use light AS our subject matter? Painting with light allows light to be the central focus of our image. In this challenge tutorial, I’ll show you how to create some really cool effects with a DIY light tool that you can put together yourself quickly, cheaply and easily. Dive into the challenge and celebrate science this month!

Don’t forget to share them on social media and use the hashtag #withcamerainhand and #wcihchallenge and we’ll celebrate you by sharing them too!