26. Lingerie shoot

A good location and studio flash were key to capturing these sexy lingerie shots. Using interesting locations instead of just sticking to a studio or a plain paper roll background can add that extra, important level of detail in your shots and turn them from looking like catalogue images to something a whole lot better. Follow Karl through setting up this shoot and how he contends with mixing studio and non-studio lighting on set.

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


  1. Hi Karl,

    Can you provide details on how you worked with the colour differences between the existing florescent light and the strobes?



  2. Hi Karl,
    Great shots, but ça you please tell me why did you get se 2 different cameras? Aren’t big differences between 35mm and medium format? Thank you

    1. Hi Andrei, I think I was just testing the results of the Hasselblad at higher ISO, I can’t quite remember now. Back then when the Hasselblad sensors were only CCD they were very good and 50 or 100ISO but not good above that, now they’ve changed to CMOS chips they can now shoot at higher ISOs very well.

  3. Hi Karl,

    Unfortunately, I understand English very slowly and you may have talked about it in the film, and I did not understand it – I wanted to ask about the measurement of light in such a difficult place.
    All the lights in the niches are suppressed, and the studio lamps bring out the models from the background. Could you reveal the secret how you measure the light? And how do you match it to the whole scene then? Is all this later corrected in post-production?
    Thank you for your answer


    1. Hi Darek, the answer is that I don’t actually measure the light! I shoot the first few test shots without the flash light and then I adjust my camera settings until the existing (ambient) light drops down to a level that I like. I then add my flash to the scene and gradually increase its power until I like it. In essence I don’t measure light as that would often be futile, I simply adjust light until I like the look of it. See this chapter to understand why https://www.karltayloreducation.com/course_video_page/measuring-light-and-achieving-correct-exposure/

  4. Hi Karl. Love the contrast of the hard geometric shapes and the soft feminine curves. You didn’t mention the lighting detail too much. I notice the umbrella facing the ceiling. Was this for increasing more soft light into the shot where the model was laying down? The flashes using grids where producing the harder directed light for the other two images? Even so with grids and harder shadows (distance from model maybe) those two images still retained a softness on the skin. How?


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