Photography Challenge

Ease: Easy, suitable for families and children
Length: as long or short as you like
Duration: as long as you want to stay out in the great outdoors

Get creative with our five-point photography challenge


Capture a shot that captures you. Instead of snapping a throw away selfie consider how you could create a meaningful self-portrait. We’d love it if you chose one of our parks as a background but if you’re not going out at all select whatever space in your house best represents you.


Go Macro! Honey I shrunk the park! Most camera phones have a macro function and this will really help you focus in on the amazing detail of the natural features in our parks. The tiny heads of a flowering moss look amazing filling the whole shot or zoom on the delicate strands of a skeleton leaf.


Find/create and photograph a reflection. It doesn’t have to be out in the parks but it certainly can be. Still puddles on a path work just as well as the large expanses of water at the big parks ponds at Callendar, Kinneil and The Helix parks. Choose a day when there’s no wind creating ripples for the cleanest reflection or use the movement of the water to get a really great abstract effect.


Landscapes make a great subject to photographs. They stay still and allow you to play with different vantage points and angles to get a great shot. Try putting the horizon in the middle of your photo and then shifting so that the horizon sits at 1/3 or 2/3rd of the composition. Other fun ideas are using the branches of trees to frame a view or an opening in a stone wall.


Action shots. Check your camera phone, many of them have got special settings for action shots that lots of us forget to use. Try them out on a moving subject such as a bird taking to the wing, a squirrel scampering up a tree trunk or get your family to run and jump about to give you something to shoot.

If you’ve had a go at this lockdown challenge, we’d love to see the results. You can #fitforlifefalkirk them when you post on social media, or send them to us at

Want to use lockdown hours to improve your photography? Check out the online magazines at Falkirk libraries online resource page. You can also pre-order books on photography to borrow when the libraries can reopen. To browse the online catalogue click here.

Photos are a great way of connecting and keeping in touch with family you might not be able to see. You might like to send them your shots and challenge them to send you theirs back.

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