Modern Fashion Fantasy Shoot

Bold colors and precise lighting formed the key elements of this shot and it took teamwork, clear creative direction and intimate knowledge of lighting to achieve the desired result. Working with model Kariss Craig, professional fashion stylist Bianca Swan and makeup artist and hair stylist Shanine Levrier, Karl guides you through each step of achieving this bold, dramatic image — from finding inspiration to creating your own props to gradually building your lighting.

In this fashion photography class we cover the following:

  • Finding and adapting ideas to make them your own
  • Creating your own props and accessories
  • Gradually building lighting setups to achieve the desired result
  • Creating a graduated background light
  • Working with and balancing multiple lights
  • Using contrasting colors to best effect
  • Creating mood and emotion with light
  • Working with a team and giving creative direction

NOTE: This photography class is available with English subtitles.


    1. Ben our video editor is telling me this Thursday but I wouldn’t trust him to not to change his mind 😉

      1. Thanks guys ben waiting for this. Karl, I in no way have the budget to re-create this shot with equipment you used here. How would I get close to this look and apply the lessons to be learned therein using cheaper, more available kit to a photographer who is more up and coming?

        1. Hi Anthony you would have to look into ‘fresnel’ attachments for your lighting or speedlights. All of the lighting was using ‘fresnels’ to create small pockets of light. The alternative would be small snoots with grids.

  1. Nice craft props ! 🙂
    Are the small flashes before each shot pops for focusing purposes ? From where did they come from?

    1. Hi Quentin, I think you are referring to the stripes of light across the models face, this is momentarily generated by the camera as a focus assist so the camera can focus accurately in low light.

    1. Hi Latesh, this was done with studio flash with fresnel modifiers attached. If by ‘strobes’ you mean ‘speedlites’ then only if you can fit a fresnel type adaptor to them.

  2. Wow, I am so excited. I have been waiting for this release for so so long I am glad it is finally here. Such a cool concept, like absolutely brilliant. I love the idea and how minimal it is as well as the great use of pocket lighting and colour. I am wondering, however, why did you choose Karl to have the model and an assistant hold the board instead of clamping them with a few grip arms/magic arms?

    1. Hi Adam, I’m glad you enjoyed the shoot. I think the main reason was that I was unsure as to the initial angle of the board or if subsequent shots would all need alternate angles so I thought it might be more versatile if I could adapt it as we went.

  3. This was fantastic. So much to take away here. A great example of Karl’s artistic insight in developing the shot. I’ve had some success lately with lighting and models but after this realizing I’m in kindergarten when it comes to complex lighting situations.
    I’m amateur and so I tend to move too quickly in order to relieve what I think is the model’s or assistance’s impatience so I often don’t fulfill my vision of the shot.
    This shoot taught me to push everyone until I get the damn shot! I will.

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