Live Talk Show – Product Photographer Jonathan Knowles

World-famous advertising and product photographer Jonathan Knowles joined Karl in the studio for this incredible live talk show.

From light hearted stories about shoots-gone-wrong to more serious discussions about lighting techniques, pricing and working with agents, Jonathan opened up about his 30-year career and shared some valuable insight with our members.

Together the pair discussed Jonathan’s style, his workflow, techniques for capturing high-speed motion, the importance of understanding and executing the brief and the changes in photography over the years. Jonathan also shares some of his best advice for aspiring photographers looking to make their mark in the industry and explains why it’s so important to keep developing and growing your skills.

This insightful live show offers a unique opportunity to learn from two leading commercial product photographers.

Topics covered in this live photography talk show:

  • How to become a professional product photographer
  • Working with advertising agencies and executing the brief
  • Pitching ideas and winning clients
  • Techniques for photographing high-speed motion
  • Lighting painting & long exposures for product photography
  • Expanding your skills and adapting to the market
  • The future of commercial photography

We also caught up with Jonathan ahead of the live show to find out exactly how he achieved some of his images. You can read more about that in this blog post: ‘A closer look at some of Jonathan Knowles’s most iconic work’. If you have any questions about this live show, please post in the comment section below.


  1. HI Karl, really just a note to say how much I enjoyed your interview with Jonathan Knowles and a look, behind the scenes of his life’s works to date. Don’t hold out on apple, but colorful English, exploding stamps could be interesting & a fun time.
    It’s amazing how much of these, big advertising campaign, imagines we & I (Jo Public), can still remember being around, in daily lives years later, in the tube, on the bus, walking the dogs.
    And now with device screens in the daily lives of, (Jo Public’s) millions of eyeballs & earplugs.
    Where are these big advertising / propaganda, whatever .. Campaigns going. And through, the very latest and greatest technology, does it matter?
    Probably not, as they all still need, human imagination and, good IMAGES.
    Thanks again to you and your crew, for a wonderful show.
    John Burnie

  2. Hi Karl,
    Thanks again for a very interesting talk show. Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch it live.
    While watching the recording, you mentioned John’e awards and this triggered a question I have for quite a long time now.
    Can we as photographers, submit a photo or photos shot for a client (for whatever purpose) to competitions or are we obliged to ask for the clients approval?
    Would appreciate your advice.


    1. Hi Danny, I don’t know any photographer who has ever been concerned about that so I’m sure it’s fine as long as you haven’t had to sign anything saying you can’t.

  3. I had never heard of Jonathan Knowles before this show, what talent and technical know-how. Excellent show Karl.

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