Practice: Eggsperiments


In this playful project youโ€™ll take photographs of eggs in different light situations. Itโ€™s best to do this in a dark room with one movable light source.

The purpose of this project is to become familiar with how light interacts with form. Donโ€™t worry about the physics of light. As you move the light around and change the backdrops, you will begin to understand many principles of light & shadow intuitively.

Materials Needed

  • An egg

  • At least one movable light source

  • A dark room

  • A camera or smartphone

  • Backdrops of different materials (fabric, coloured paper, etc.)



  1. Set up your egg in front of a simple background.

  2. Turn off all lights in your room.

  3. Turn on your primary movable light source.

  4. Take photos of the egg in a few different light directions on the simple background.

  5. Then, play! Create different โ€œsetsโ€ and types of lighting.

Meet these Challenges

  • Share at least 4 and at most 8 pictures. 

  • Use a different light direction and โ€œsetโ€ in each photograph.

  • If you can, please combine 4 photos into one image when you post it.


This project should take about 30 minutes to complete. Warning, this is pretty fun, and you might get carried away :)

Common Mistakes

1) Not changing the light direction much

2) Not changing the environment/background much

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