Bold, juxtaposing colors and strong form were key elements in this futuristic sci-fi style image that Karl created as part of a series of fashion images with model Kariss Craig, professional fashion stylist Bianca Swan and makeup artist and hair stylist Shanine Levrier.
In this photography class Karl guides you through each step of achieving this dramatic image — from creating your own props to gradually building your lighting setup and determining camera settings and power ratios.
- Where to find ideas and inspiration for fashion photography
- How to create your own props and accessories
- Lighting setups for fashion photography
- How to work with fresnel lighting modifiers
- Understanding color & how to use it for dramatic effect
To incorporate the vibrant colors I’d envisaged, I used a bold red background to offset the blue fashion accessory I’d created for Kariss.
The piece was created using flexible plywood, cut according to a template we’d created. I made two of these, one in blue and one in red, each of which I would test during the shoot.
The lighting consisted of small pockets of light, carefully controlled to highlight specific areas. My key light was a fresnel on the model’s face, but I also used picolites to highlight her left shoulder, the inside of the accessory and the very tip of the accessory. I then also added a small kicker light to add some fill on the on the inside and outside of the accessory and a background light.
Once I reached a point with my lighting where I was happy, I switched out the blue accessory for the red one, to see if I preferred it. Although it too gave a striking result, I preferred with vibrant contrast of the red and blue.
Although the majority of the modifiers were fresnels, a similar result could have been achieved using small snoots with grids.
The final image:
To view more fashion photography lighting setups, take a look at the classes below. I’ve put together some of my favourite classes that will help get you started and provide some ideas.
- Planning for fashion shoots
- Falling girl
- Theatrical light fashion shoot
- Live talk show with fashion photographer Daria Belikova
If you have any questions about the class, please post in the comment section below.
Note: This photography class is available with English subtitles.