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Motorbike Photo Shoot

When it comes to photographing motorbikes, there are a number of challenges you can expect to face. Whether you’re working outdoors on location, or in a more controlled studio environment, these steel speedsters are no easy subject. Some of the challenges you may experience include: I’ll show you how to overcome each of these challenges in this live show, explaining …

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Live Talk Show with Photographer & Digital Artist Erik Johansson

For many photographers, an image is largely complete when you press the shutter button, but for photographer and digital artist Erik Johansson, that’s just the start of it. Erik, who is self-taught in both photography and Photoshop, has been working as a professional photographer and retoucher for 10 years. Since a young age, Erik has had a keen interest in …

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Top 5 photography tips from professional photographers

From interviews with award-winning photographers to exciting photoshoots with flying liquids, our live photography shows are one of the most popular features on Karl Taylor Education. After launching the site just a few years ago, it soon became apparent just how valuable our live photography talk shows in particular were for members. These interviews offer a unique opportunity to learn …

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7 Things you need to do to become a professional photographer

Photography is a popular choice of profession for many, but despite the perception of it being a ‘glamourous’ career, in actual fact it requires a lot of hard work, time and effort. If you ask any professional photographer for advice on how to get started, they will tell you how essential it is that you understand the basics. I’m not …

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Live Members Picture Critique — Landscapes & Cityscapes

NOTE: Submissions will close Monday 20th January at 12:00 GMT / 07:00 EST. Simplistic in everything but the results, landscape and cityscape photography is a popular genre of photography for many. Breathtaking views and a chance to explore new places means both amateur and pro photographers alike often shoot landscape and cityscape images from time to time. Requiring very little …

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Live Chat Show – Lighting Control

In this live chat show Karl and Ashleigh will discuss the importance of lighting control, reviewing a number of examples and explaining different techniques for controlling light. When it comes to photography, one of the most essential things that helps make a strong, memorable image is light. Light is one of the key factors in creating successful imagery. By controlling …

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E-commerce photography in 5 simple steps

E-commerce is a booming industry, and with it, e-commerce photography. Done correctly, e-commerce photography can be a quick and easy way to make money, but there’s a few tricks to getting it right. In a recent ‘How To’ video that I did with broncolor’s Urs Recher, we showed you an effective setup for shooting e-commerce fashion, but there’s much more …

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How to photograph flying food images

Levitating burgers, suspended salads and exploding tea — the craze of flying food images is taking over the food photography market. But how are these exciting images created? Photographing floating images, whether it be food or any other product, can be difficult. There are a number of challenges you’ll need to overcome, including getting the composition and positioning of your …

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Pricing calculator

Having operated a successful business for over 25 years, I’ve realized there are a few critical requirements for maintaining and growing a profitable business. However, when starting a photography business, it’s easy to get caught up and find yourself running around in circles in an attempt to keep on top of things. One of these things is often pricing. Determining …

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Everything you need to know about umbrella lighting

Often one of the first modifiers many photographers work with, umbrellas form the focus for this live workshop, where Karl covers everything you need to know about these popular modifiers. In our ‘Umbrella Lighting’ live show, I took a closer look at these popular modifiers, exploring the science behind them, demonstrating how they work and show you exactly how to …

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Top tips for creating stunning black and white photos

If you’ve ever tried to convert an image to black and white, chances are you’ve ended up with a flat, dull photo with none of the original contrast. This can be incredibly frustrating, especially for photographers who are new to Photoshop. To help you create stunning black and white images, I explain the key things to understand when shooting for …

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September 2019 ‘Technology’ Competition Winners

The theme for this month’s competition was ‘Technology’, and, having receiving some great entries, we were excited to announce the winners. The winner this month received Karl’s Long Exposure Filter Kit valued at over $500. Second and third place received a Lee Filters Big Stopper and Karl Taylor Color Effects & Technical Lighting Packs respectively. Congratulations to our winners and …

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A closer look at some of Jonathan Knowles’s most iconic work

When leading advertising and still life photographer Jonathan Knowles shot the O2 bubbles, he never imaged the series of 10 images would become quite as iconic as they have. Ahead of his live talk show, we asked Jonathan to tell us a little bit more about this famous series and some of his other work. Settings: (Probably) f32 or f45, …

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New Live Show: The Magazine Chat Show

Like many bands have a ‘sound’ and clothing brands a certain ‘look’, photographers too should have their own style. It is this that sets their work apart and marks their images as theirs. But how does one go about developing a style? The best place to start is to decide what interests you — what types of photography do you …

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How to resize images

After spending hours planning and styling your shot, getting the lighting just right and adding the final touches in post production, the next step is to upload your images to your online portfolio or social media. Part of this process is resizing your images for web. Here I answer the most common questions when it comes to resizing images and …

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4 ways to Burn & Dodge in Photoshop

Arguably some of the most valuable tools in Photoshop, burning and dodging refers to darkening or lightening areas of an image. This technique can be used to enhance your imagery by creating three dimensionality and guide the viewer’s eye. This technique, which derives from the days of film and dark room printing, is useful for any genre of photography. As …

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Live Talk Show – Product Photographer Jonathan Knowles

Jonathan’s fascination with still imagery started at the age of just eight years old, when he saw Harold Edgerton’s ‘Milk Drop Coronet’ in his school’s science lab. Edgerton’s image of a milk drop hitting a red plate was the first of its kind thanks to his experimentation with flash. His technique, which combined high-tech strobe lighting with camera shutter motors, laid the foundation …

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Live Workshop – Legs Eleven

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 …

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Live Members Critique – Portrait Photography

For this members’ picture critique — a highly popular feature of Karl Taylor Education — Karl will be reviewing portrait images submitted by members. Having recently presented two creative portrait lighting technique live shows (which you can watch here and here), we’re looking forward to seeing your submissions. Karl will offer his perspective and critique on each image, highlighting the …

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Top 10 accessories for studio photography

Whether you’re a professional product photographer or still practicing your portrait photography, there are a few photography accessories that are useful to have around the studio. These are my top 10 studio photography accessories that I keep around the studio (plus a bonus one at the end), and many of them are more basic than you might expect! I have …

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Photographic backdrops and how to make your own

Choosing the right backdrop is an important part of the photographic process. Photographic backdrops and backgrounds are a key part of any image — they can make or break your photo. Choosing the right backdrop is crucial, but knowing which one is the best can be tricky. To help you make the most of your image, I’ve outlined some key …

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Natural light food photography: Tips for photographing food at home

Here I’ve summarised some of the key points covered in our natural light food photography classes, explaining the planning, preparation, equipment, lighting and techniques used for each. For many photographers just starting out, working from home is common practice. You don’t need a lot of equipment or much space to take great photos. What you will need is just a …

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Top 10 commonly asked photography questions

Whether you’re a new photographer just starting out or have a few years of experience to your name, chances are you’ll have found yourself asking similar questions. Each month I do a live Q&A on social media and I’ve found that many photographers are asking the same questions time and time again. I answer the 10 most commonly asked photography …

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Camera lens buying guide: How to choose the right lens

Lenses are an essential piece of photographic equipment, but with so many options available it can be difficult to know what it all means and how to choose the right one. Here I explain different types of lenses, how to choose the best one for you and why it’s worth considering buying second hand. Put simply, lenses are pieces of …

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Photography pricing – How much to charge for your photography

As someone who’s done it for over 20 years, trust me when I say running a successful photography business requires more than just talent. It requires hard work, dedication and business savvy. Knowing how much to charge for photography is just one of the hurdles you’ll have to overcome if you want to make it, but it can be challenging …

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Identifying & overcoming the challenges of a high-end product shoot

Note: Watch the step-by-step process of how I shot this image in our Product section. I often get asked how I come up with ideas for shoots, but as a commercial photographer I’m often tasked with working to a brief, rather than creating my own concepts. For this Clinique shot, although it wasn’t for a particular project, I went about …

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June 2019 ‘Beautiful Light’ Competition Winners

This month’s theme of ‘Beautiful Light’ proved highly popular and we received an incredible amount of entries – from landscapes to products to portraits. Light is an essential part of any photograph – it can make or break an image. Hard light, soft light, clear early morning light or technically perfect studio light – this month’s theme allowed for a …

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Splash photography — How to photograph liquid splashes

If you’ve never tried splash photography before or if you’re looking for a few useful tips or new ideas, then this is the place to be. I explain the equipment, lighting, important photographic concepts and also share a few creative ideas for you to try. Splash photography is a technique that can add a certain degree of professionalism to your …

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The science and challenges of moon photography

This July marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings — a historic moment that had a huge impact on technology, particularly photography, as we know it today. To celebrate this historic occasion we’ll be welcoming a technical expert from Hasselblad for an exclusive live talk show, where you’ll be able to see one of the moon cameras and …

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How to photograph the moon: 4 simple tips for you to try

The moon is a beautiful and fascinating subject to photograph, but determining the right exposure and the best compositing can be a challenge. To help you get even better photos, I’ve outlined four simple tips in this blog post. I explain what to consider when it comes to when and where to photograph the moon, what equipment you’ll need, how …

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Portrait lighting ideas – Creative four light setups

When it comes to portrait photography, you often see results that are really quite similar. Softboxes are a go-to modifier and aim is either Butterfly, Loop or Rembrandt lighting. But with a little creativity (and the right knowledge), the possibilities are endless. In previous articles I’ve shown you how to create great portraits using just one, two and three lights …

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Portrait photography lighting ideas — Three creative ways to use three lights

From soft, angelic lighting to darker, more contoured lighting, there’s no end to how creative you can be using three lights for portrait photography. If you’re looking for some creative three light portrait ideas, I’ve put together three different setups you can add to your arsenal. These setups use only basic modifiers and show effective techniques that can help add …

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Portrait lighting setups — Two light setup ideas

In a previous article I discussed three easy portrait lighting setups using just one light, but for those of you who have more equipment, I thought I’d go one step further and show you some more great setups, this time using two lights. When it comes to portrait photography, whether you’re using one light or four, you can get some …

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Portrait photography — Three creative one light portrait lighting setups

I’ve often heard photographers use the excuse that they don’t have many lights, but when it comes to portrait photography, you can get amazing results using just one studio light. Looking to create a beautiful soft light portrait image? Or perhaps you want something more dramatic and moody? Even if you’ve only got one light, with a little creativity you …

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Photography equipment — What professional photographer Ben Thomas has in his bag

Award winning professional photographer Ben Thomas recently joined me in the studio, where we discussed everything from promoting your work to printing and exhibiting images. Ben also shared his go-to equipment and touched on the post production processes he uses to achieve some of his signature images. Many of our members were particularly interested in what equipment Ben uses and …

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Which DSLR camera to buy: A guide to buying the right camera for you

There’s an endless range of DSLR cameras on the market at the moment so if you’re trying to decide on which is the best for you, this article will help you cut through some of the chaos and confusion to reach a decision you won’t regret. I often get asked questions like “What is the best camera to buy?”, “Is …

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Composite photography – Top tips for Photoshop compositing

Composite photos, which are defined as two or more images blended together to create a final image, makes the process of compositing sound quite simplistic, but the truth is that it’s far from easy.  The following tips will make creating your own composite image much more straightforward: Compositing takes time, planning,  a keen eye for detail and a good knowledge …

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Softboxes: Softbox lighting & theory

Softboxes are incredibly popular lighting modifiers — they’re versatile, affordable and fairly portable — and they’ll once again have their chance to shine in this informative photography workshop. Karl will explain how to correctly use these modifiers and examine the theory and science behind them. He’ll be reviewing examples of different results and detail how, why and what is best …

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Live Members Picture Critique – Product Photography (August 2019)

Karl has over 20 years of experience as a professional photographer, with much of his commercial work being product photography. As a result, this photography critique is guaranteed to provide valuable insight into the world of product photography and shed some light on how to improve your advertising and product photography. Karl will offer his perspective and critique on images …

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Become a fashion photographer: Top tips & creative ideas

Fashion photos are a popular genre of photography, but for those starting out it can seem daunting — where do you source outfits, how do you pose your model, how do you get the best lighting? In addition to an extensive knowledge of lighting, you’ll need a unique style, creative ideas and the ability to work with a team. To …