10. Historical buildings

In this chapter Karl is in a lovely old historical building where he finds the perfect inside location to shoot with natural light. Karl explains his thought process when in an unfamiliar shooting situation and how he approaches trying to find the right areas to shoot in and what has potential, this is an important thing to learn when shooting in public areas. As well as this Karl also talks about working with your model and how to keep them comfortable and at ease whilst photographing them.


  1. Hi Karl,

    It was great video, I just have a question about focus.

    I saw the scene when you shoot the model who was walking. At that moment, how to use focus system to get good framing when model is moving.

    To use auto-focus with continues-focus or single-point focus with fast focus-framing? etc.

    Could you please share your experience to me?

    Thank yo very much.

  2. Hi Karl
    Do you always ask for permission to shoot in Public Buildings like Churches and Galleries. If so how would you go about asking for permission to shoot for free? Would you seek out someone in charge on the day and hope you’ll be granted permission to shoot for FREE or plan well ahead of time and offer prints or a donation etc.

    1. Hi Nigel, if it is a personal shoot then seeking out permission on the day is usually acceptable and many of these locations have a policy of acceptance towards non commercial personal use. However if it is a commercial shoot then yes permission should be sought in advance and it is likely fees will be requested.

  3. Cheers Karl. Loving the New series of Live shows by the way. If you ever want to include any members on a Live instructional workshops I’m up for it, so count me in. Cheers

  4. hii karl its nice but in this shoot or many outdoor shoot u r useing reflecter in down side and other lighting we always keep main light up to the eye lavel so what is the defrance in reflecter as a main light[horrer down light] or studio flash light[top to eye lavel] plz explain sir

  5. Hi Nitkin, you are absolutely right it is not preferential to light faces from underneath but in this situation there was less choice as the direction of the light meant that the reflector needed to be positioned in such a way to reflect the only available light. In such situations you have to work with what you’ve got but as you will see in part of this video and the others in this natural light series the reflector is usually held high enough to avoid the problem.

  6. Hi Karl,

    Great series and love the education series you have created.

    I have one question, what type of metering did you use here, I am really struggling with spot metering outside. In the studio I use spot and it works great.

    If you could steer me in the correct direction if you have a video about metering.




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