Live Photography Workshop – Fashion Accessories Flat Lay

In this live show Karl demonstrates a simple lighting setup ideal for those working in small studios as he photographs a creative flat lay arrangement of fashion accessories.

This session covers the composition and styling, with an in-depth explanation of Karl’s thought process behind the final image. Karl also discusses the impact of colour and how colour theory influenced his background selection and choice of props.

After explaining the composition of the shot, Karl shows a simple two-light setup ideal for this type of photography. This setup, ideal for small studio spaces, uses the technique of indirect lighting, which can be a useful alternative to using scrims. You’ll also see how using additional reflectors in a shot can be an easy (and affordable) way to add additional light.

Topics covered in this show include:

  • Creative photography ideas for shooting fashion accessories
  • Composition for photography
  • Colour choice and background selection
  • Indirect lighting techniques
  • How to use reflectors to add additional light

If you have any questions about this show, please post in the comment section below.


    1. Hi Dieter, because we go live 30mins before to test everything is broadcasting. Then within a few days we cut the front of on the recording of the live and republish it. So if you catch it live or shortly after live then you will have the long intro sequence but you can still fast forward if it’s not actually live.

  1. Hi Karl

    Thank you for doing this, flat lays are all the rage nowadays on social media, this was an easier version then the one you did last year (no large scrims to make).

    Now, if you can only do 360 product videos (of complicated products like jewelry) with F160 or other continuous lights.

    Did i understand this correctly, you lighted up the glasses first because they were the most reflective (and challenging) of all the objects and you wanted to get the light on them correctly without the influence of the key light?

    If you were shooting a gemstone ring, in your opinion would it be better to get the light on the gem correctly first and then bother with the rest of the ring? or do you think that a ring is such a small object that it does not matter what you light up first

    Thanks a bunch


    1. Hi Amit, thanks. your Q1. Yes that’s why I did it that way. Your Q2. With a ring it’s so small it’s not going to make such a difference you just need to be aware of the reflection vs dispersed reflections scenario in gloss surfaces compared to exposure of indirect reflections to decide on how far away you put the lighting.

  2. Hi Karl, great show as always. Sorry I couldn’t attend the live version.

    Question for you regarding the sunglasses: could you move / tilt the glasses so that they reflect a white “edgeless” piece of the white board, rather than filling the area with additional panels?

    Cheers from Buenos Aires.


    1. Hi Jorge, yes if the glasses had been tilted more upwards the white board above would have filled them better but because the lenses were still slightly curved I don’t think it would have filled them unless I used the much large car floating ceiling.

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