Live Workshop – Legs Eleven


How to photograph legs

10th October 2019 – 18:00 BST / 13:00 EDT

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Photographing people can be difficult, with a lot to consider, but photographing legs can be even more difficult. Creating an elegant yet sexy shot of female legs might sound simple but you’d be surprised at just how much there is to consider.

In this live show Karl will aim to create two different images while guiding you through important details such as background choice, makeup requirements and outfit selection. He’ll also demonstrate how to pose and light the subject for best results.

If you want to know more about how to find models, the best ways to communicate with them and different, creative poses, make sure you have your questions ready. If you aren’t currently a member, you can sign up here.

Background choice

As with any image, your background requires careful consideration. For this particular shot, Karl will be looking to create one image on white. This is a good choice when photographing legs because, with the right light, white allows you to really accentuate the legs and make them stand out.

Makeup requirements

Skin, tights, boots — there are many different ways to shoot legs. If you’re shooting bare legs, some makeup may be required. This may be simple body butter to add a slight shine to the legs, or powder foundation to create a smooth, flawless finish.

Outfit selection

Photographing legs doesn’t limit you to just that — legs. Get creative. Try tights, fishnets, boots or heels. In this shoot Karl will demonstrate photographing different ‘outfits’, explaining how to style and light each.


As with portraiture, posing is important when photographing legs. If your shot incorporates the knees, this can be particularly difficult. Photographing from the side can be far more flattering than front-on. Karl will demonstrate this and explain the advantages and disadvantages of different shooting angles to help you understand how to get the most flattering shot.


Whether you’re photographing food, fashion, products or people, lighting is key. For this type of shot, light that highlights shape and form is best. Karl will demonstrate how to achieve this with different modifiers and guide you from start to finish to help you get the best result.

Join us for this live show on 10th October to see what Karl comes up with. As always, you’ll be able to follow along and ask your questions live (if you’re not a member, don’t worry. There’s still time to sign up here).

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