Live Workshop – Photographing Sunglasses

As part of his commercial work, glasses are something Karl often photographs. As a result, he knows a number of essential techniques and useful tips to achieve a high-end result worthy of any advertising campaign, which he shares in this live photography workshop.

Photographing a pair of Oakley sunglasses, Karl shows how you can achieve a stunning result using just two lights. Follow as he shows his lighting setup, shares some of his top tips for product photography and discusses the settings and lenses most suitable for this type of work. He finishes the show by showing some useful post production techniques to finish off the image.

In this live photography workshop we cover the following:

  • Product photography – How to shoot sunglasses
  • Product photography tips
  • How to photograph glossy, reflective surfaces
  • How to achieve gradient lighting
  • Lenses for product photography
  • What aperture to use for product photography
  • Post production techniques for product photography

If you have any question about this photography workshop, post them in the comments box below.


  1. Hi Karl

    When suspending a highly glossy object like jewelry mid air, how would you negate any reflections coming off from the ground?


    1. Hi Amit, you would generally put a white board below the jewellery so that it picks up reflections of the plain white board.

  2. Hi Karl, thanks for your great classes. Can you tell me how we can shoot reflective subjects (sunglasses, kettles, etc) from the top? The camera would have to be in between the subject and the the barebulb light behind its diffusion a material, but then the camera would block the light.. If we cut a hole in the diffusion material, and place the camera between the diffusion and the light source, then the light wouldn’t be diffused where the hole is.. Thanks!

    1. Hi Thanh, everything you said is exactly correct and you can’t break the laws of physics! You can partially overcome the problem with tilt and shift technical cameras but it’s never perfect. I’m afraid you have to light it the best you can and plan to use post production to remove the reflection of the hole.

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