16. Simulating Sunlight

In this single light setup Karl demonstrates simulating harsh through to hazy sunlight and reveals how to control the illumination in the shadows in small studio spaces.


  1. Hi Karl, As a keen amateur photographer who has been following your work and training material for some time, I wanted to say that this training is amazing and FANTASTIC value for money.
    As a recent grandad I wondered if you have ever done any newborn / baby photography? If not do you have any suggestions on lighting for this?

    1. Hi Peter, I’ve only photographed my own kids when they were babies and I always found big soft light close to them looks most appealing, I would try one very large softbox of scrim roll on one side very close to the baby and a large white reflector close on the other side. The light can be side on or slightly above or above depending on the sitting position of the baby, you would need to experiment on this. Go for neutral soft backgrounds i.e. white/cream blankets, rugs, etc and a white wall/background. You can also use props like a wicker basket or a soft bean bag too. Try some very close up shallow depth of field shots f1.8/f2 focused on the eyes and then also the whole baby at f8/f11 I’m sure you’d get something good out of that. The most difficult part is keeping the baby happy! If you really want to go wild then check out some of Anne Geddes work for inspiration.

  2. Totally enjoyed the Chapter 16. It was fun and a lot of learning…creating those shadows was the biggest takeaway. Karl you are so focussed and involved that you actually forgot that you could use your phone to control the intensity of the Broncolour light via broncolour app…you moved up and down several times…Pure Passion and 100 % commitment is what I could see…Well Done Karl. Fantastic !!!

  3. Hi Karl, I have just just subscribed to your material – You are an amazing trainer and the material is comprehensive and thorough! I have a question on the first video – at point 20.9 you are saying that as you have brought the light higher and closer to the model and removed the diffuser you need to bring the exposure back down from 6.2 to 5.7 . This is not clear to me why you need to open the aperture to 5.7 and allow more light in this instance as your are closer and removed the diffuser rather than close the aperture from 6.2 to i.e.. 7 ? I am a bit confused on this. Many thanks Luciana

    1. Hi Luciana, thanks for signing up and I’m glad you are enjoying the material. The numbers I’m referring to are not the aperture they are the power settings on the studio flash. So I am bringing the light power from 6.2 down to 5.7. Dropping from 6.2 to 5.2 would be equivalent to a one f-stop reduction in brightness (like going from f8 to f11) so in this instance I dropped the light by half an f-stop.

  4. On the light you took the reflector off of it looked like the bulb was covered with a clear cylinder that is frosted on the end. Is this cover some type of small simple modifier or is it for bulb protection or something else?


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