22. Desert fashion shoot with Speedlites

This shoot takes place in Joshua National Park in the US, the perfect location for a fashion shoot. Using just strobes and flash guns for lighting Karl creates some great back-lit images using a flash to fill the shadows just as the sun sets making the most of not only the beauty of the model but also the beauty of the surroundings.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. I have noticed you use a polarizing filter frequently on your fashion images. I understand the use of the grad filters but what does the polarizer do in non-reflective environments?
    Really enjoying your videos.

    1. Hi Martin, it removes reflections from leaves and foliage or often increases saturation. It can also increase the saturation in blue skies and increase the contrast between sky and clouds as well as increase saturation and clothes. Even skin can look different with a polarizer. I’d encourage you to experiment with them at various times of day and with various subjects. Cheers Karl.

  2. Hi Karl, I noticed that there was no use of light metres or colour checker in these shots unless it was done off camera and, I wondered if you use these or not for this type of shoot. I never go anywhere without my light metre and colour checker.

  3. Hi Karl. This is fantastic, however, how many of us have 6 speedlites to hand I wonder? Can I ask why you used the reflectors? Would I get a similar result if I used the two speedlites I have directed straight at the subject on full – 3/4 power?

    Really am enjoying your tutorials and come back to them all time. Think I might have to invest in some good quality strobe lights for future as speedlites are very fiddly.

  4. Hi Karl, another great tutorial. I was wondering what brand/model the speedlights were and how powerful they are?

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