Live Workshop — Lighting Control (The Egg Challenge)

In this live show Karl demonstrates how, by thinking outside the box and applying an understanding of light, it’s possible to achieve great results, even when photographing simple subjects. Consisting of theoretical explanations and practical demonstrations, this information packed show covers some of the essentials of studio lighting and how these can be applied for creative effect.

Throughout this show Karl demonstrates important theoretical concepts relating to light and colour that can be used to better control studio lighting, including how the size of the light impacts the hardness or softness of the light, how to mix hard and soft light and how to create completely shadowless light. Using a variety of modifiers, Karl also demonstrates how to easily create an affordable DIY alternative for projection attachments.

He then creates two different still-life setups: the first of which demonstrates the importance of colour; and a second, more conceptual shoot, that shows how narrative, emotion and anticipation can be used to create interesting still life imagery.

In this class you will learn:

  • Creative ideas for still life photography
  • Lighting theory & how to control studio lighting
  • Colour theory & triadic colour schemes
  • Creative one light setups
  • How to mix hard and soft light
  • How to create shadowless light
  • Using narrative, emotion and anticipation for creative conceptual imagery

If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comments section below.

Comments

  1. First, sorry about the English…
    I see a lot of use of harsh light in food Photography recently.
    My question is:
    If I wanna take 30 eggs on the same surface.
    Putting the eggs in same equal gap between each other, how do I light the whole eggs scene with harsh and make a pin sharp shadows in all of them?
    I usually use bare bulb from a distance… but it’s not pin sharp
    Thanks a lot

  2. As usual, Karl, you are an excellent instructor and a true inspiration. I have so many more ideas now. Thank you!

  3. Excellent lesson Karl! I was not expecting to learn so much about lighting with a help of an egg. I am impressed. Quick question regarding these DIY white stands/boxes. What are they made of and what size are they? It looks like they are light yet sturdy. Thank you in advance for your answer.

    Kinds Regards,
    Bogusz

    1. Thank you for your comments Bogusz, the boxes are made from thick MDF and painted white, they are about 40cm square and 80cm tall. We get a carpenter to make them.

  4. Hi Kar!. I litterally love this course. Your explanations are always clear and rich of ideas and hints. Very helpful

  5. I have to say this is one of the most intricate tutorials on shadow you have done and answered so many questions on ‘light’ over and above any previous courses I have watched. This simple egg matter has answered and completed a complete tapestry of light!

    Many times I have lit a product and compare it to a longer exposure with ‘natural’ light, wondering what I was missing, how to recreate that ‘natural light’ feel, and the questions how and why? From lighting interiors to products the time spent watching has had huge value to my understanding. On that note your recent course on business portraits on locations – Again, creating an overall light in a basement with no light, same theory – the simple egg. Genuine, honest, valuable and massively beneficial content in all your courses worth it every time. All the best to you and thank you for sharing such knowledge with us.

  6. I enjoyed this. You keep hatching up these eggstraordinary workshops!
    I notice the lower the power on my speed lights the shorter the flash duration, up to 1/42600 max at 1/128. So this high speed capture is possible with speedlights, close enough or possibly two ganged together at 1/8 power can give 5,000/s duration. After all its the flash duration causing the freezing of movement. A bit of faffing but possible to re-create in a dim studio with a 1.5s shutter speed.

  7. Very interesting workshop about an egg,, I have shot eggs before but this has given me more inspiration to try somethings differently.. Many thanks once again Karl.
    All the best

  8. Hello Karl,

    The extension/holding arm that you are using that holds the “flexible magic arm”(1:25:14 into the video, with you sitting and Ashleigh holding the egg), I cannot not find it on the Manfrotto/Avenger website. It has extended threads on each in, so that you can screw things on like the “magic arm”. Is the extension/holding arm made by Manfrotto/Avenger or by another manufacturer? Where can I find it?

    Regards,

    Victor

  9. Thank you Karl !! This course is really great ! I love the simplicity of your approach, beautiful light, compositions.. everything is perfect !! Beautiful work, very chic 🖤 !! 🙂

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