Live Workshop – Cosmetics Product Shoot

In this live photography workshop Karl attempts to bring his vision of a floating cosmetic arrangement to life in a highly complex cosmetics product shoot.

You’ll see each step as he explains the intricacies of such a product shoot and demonstrates how to overcome challenges such as how to light different surfaces of the products, how to control light spill around the set, how to secure the products in position and which lighting modifiers are the best for this type of product photography. To finish, Karl also shows you how to add dynamic, depth and leading lines by introducing additional elements and props to this product photography setup.

In this live product photography workshop we cover the following:

  • How to photograph cosmetic products
  • Product photography lighting
  • Product photography tips
  • How to light multiple textures and finishes: Lighting matte, gloss, lustre and chrome surfaces
  • Lighting modifiers for product photography
  • How to create depth in a photo

If you have any questions about this show, please use the comment section below 🙂


  1. loved the show, and the lay out looking forward to comping all the layers
    thanks as always you and you team

  2. Hi, Karl! Thank you for a great and complicated photoshoot!
    I wish I could watch it live, but time difference is the problem here.
    I have one question. You told in the beginning that when you shoot products, you’re being sent stuff. Do you usually work alone on the assignment without client supervising the shoot?
    Is it always like that, or it really depends on the client?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Yuliia, 20% of the time without a client there. 80% of the time with a client or art director (sometimes both). I pretty much always have an assistant to move things around to as it makes life a lot easier, more productive and better results. But for the first 4 years of my 23 year studio career I worked alot on my own.

      1. Thank you for your response! I really appreciate that you always respond questions, even though you’re very busy 🙂

  3. Hi Karl

    Fantastic show as always. In the course you briefly showed us the Chanel two lipsticks shot on your portfolio website, the one with a black background and the lipsticks lying on black spheres.

    You mentioned, that was done with 2 lights, can you please tell us the position of the two lights. From the shadows/gradation it appears that both the lights were on the top behind a scrim, one coming from the right corner and the other from the left?

    What material is the background and the spheres ? Is black your go to color in product photography?


  4. Hi Karl,

    Top drawer tutorial as ever.

    I’m a Profoto user (don’t judge), what do you recommend as an alternative way to get a similar effect as the Broncolor Pico light with the concentrated rectangular beam for shots like this?

    Many Thanks


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