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How to focus stack in Photoshop

I’ve had a lot of members asking me what focus stacking is, when to use it and how to focus stack images in Photoshop. Here you’ll find the answers to all those questions and learn how, using Photoshop, you can get the whole of your image sharp in just a few simple steps. Sometimes, regardless of what camera settings you …

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Ocean pollution awareness campaign

“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose, should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life” — Rachel Carson, marine biologist & author. Oceans are vital to human health — they generate half the oxygen we breathe and provide homes for many species that enable us to exist. They regulate …

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Jewellery photography: Top tips for how to photograph jewellery

Whether it’s diamond rings or gemstone necklaces, jewellery photography is notoriously difficult, but there are a few useful techniques you can try that will make the process so much easier.  Diamond necklace jewelry photograph. Jewelry photography classes Watches, rings and necklaces all present a unique set of challenges when it comes to photographing them. Their smooth, shiny surfaces cause chaotic …

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Product photography: How to photograph glasses

Having shot advertising images of designer eyewear for Lagerfeld, Boss, Red or Dead and Hilfiger, this genre of product photography is certainly an area of expertise for Karl. Product photography is about making your product look desirable, but the size, reflective surfaces  and varied textures you find in glasses means it can be very difficult to do this. In this …

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Live Talk Show with Special Guest Ben Thomas

Ben Thomas is an award winning photographer who has garnered global attention with his hyperrealistic imagery of urban and city spaces. Ben’s most recent achievement was earning the prestigious title of Hasselblad Master. His work earned him first place in the Street/Urban category, where he was up against a record-breaking number of entries. His imagery, which makes use of techniques …

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Creative Portrait Techniques Live Show

Do you feel stuck, like you’ve tried every lighting setup there is for portrait photography and run out of new ideas? Studio lighting for portrait photography can often look very similar to other photograph’s work, but with a little inspiration and advice, you can add your own creative twist to create something unique. In this live show Karl will be …

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Live Cosmetics Shoot

In this live photography show Karl will be demonstrating how to light and photograph cosmetic product shots. Cosmetics can be complex objects to light — they’re often small and can feature different textures. Taking the time to analyse your product is the first step, and in this show you’ll see why this is so important. Karl will then show you …

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Members Critique: Landscape Part 2

In this members picture critique Karl will be critiquing and providing professional feedback on landscape images. This informative show will give members who submitted their images before Part 1 an opportunity to receive professional advice and learn from other photographers work. Karl will be discussing what makes a successful landscape photograph, advising how to improve as well as sharing some …

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Liquid Art and Motion Live Show

In this liquid art and motion live show Karl will demonstrate how photographing fast moving liquids is less about luck and more about planning and technique. He will show you how to photograph stunning splash shots and explain how, following certain steps, you can get great shots each time.

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December 2018 ‘Red’ Photography Competition Winners

With the big prize of a Canon 5D Mark IV up for grabs, the competition was fierce for our December competition. As the theme was ‘Red’, it was quite open to interpretation, which meant there really was a wide variety of images to choose from. It was great to see the creativity of our members really coming out and see …

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Submit your landscape photography image for our live critique

In this members picture critique Karl will be critiquing and providing professional feedback on landscape images. This informative show will give members an opportunity to submit their own images, receive professional advice and learn from other photographers work. Karl will be discussing what makes a successful landscape photograph, how to improve as well as sharing some useful post production techniques …

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Submit your product image for our live critique

In this members picture critique Karl will be critiquing and providing professional feedback on product images. He will be discussing what makes a successful product image, how to improve as well as sharing some useful post production techniques that you could use for your future shots.

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October 2018 ‘Macro’ Photography Competition Winners

View the October 2018 ‘Macro’ Photography Competition winners on Karl Taylor Education. For our October competition we were transported into the close up world of Macro photography. Prizes included a Lee Filters Foundation Kit, a Lee Filters Big Stopper and a Lee Filters Long Exposure Kit.

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Viktor Fejes: Life as a professional retouch artist

Viktor Fejes took the first steps towards a career as a retoucher at the age of eight years old, but it wasn’t until years later that he realized that’s where life would take him. Read more about his career as a professional retoucher ahead oh his live shows on Karl Taylor Education here.

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Portrait Photography: How to take better business portraits

As a commercial photographer business portraits are still a regular feature in my calendar. Here I’ve outlined the key elements to ensure you’re able to successfully tackle a business shoot, including lighting setups, posing your subject and recommended camera settings and lenses.

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LIVE Retouching with Viktor Fejes

In this live retouching show members will have an opportunity to submit their own images for professional retoucher Viktor Fejes to retouch. He’ll be explaining his retouching process, offering professional advice and sharing a number of useful retouching tips as he works through the image.

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Live Workshop – Packshot Product Photography

Speed and efficiency are key when it comes to doing pack shots, which is why it’s important that you have a lighting setup that’s both suitable and simple. In this live photography workshop I’ll be demonstrating effective studio lighting setups for pack shots and explaining everything you need to know to ensure a great result each time.

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Live Flat Lay Photography Workshop

In this live photography workshop I’ll be showing you how to take your own flat lay photographs. From lighting to styling, I’ll show you how to achieve great results that require minimal retouching

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Lighting Modifiers: Softboxes

Softboxes are popular modifiers that are well suited to many genres of photography. Here I explain the advantages, disadvantages and effects of softboxes as well as offer some alternatives.

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Studio Photography – Finding the right studio

For many photographers there comes a point when you think about opening your own studio. It’s a daunting step forward, and one that requires careful consideration. If you’re thinking about opening your own studio, whether it be buying or renting, there are a few important things to think about…

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Submit your Fashion and Beauty Image for our live critique

In this live show Karl will be looking at fashion and beauty images submitted by members, sharing his thoughts and advice on how to take stand-out images. This live show will provide an opportunity for members to receive feedback on their image, understand what makes an effective picture and watch as Karl demonstrates effective retouching techniques. He’ll demonstrate how, with …

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The Best Photography Books

Over the years I’ve built up quite a collection of photography books and as many of you have asked what my favorites are, I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite inspirational and educational photography books.

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How to set up a small photography studio

Shooting in a small studio can be challenging, but it isn’t impossible. There are a number of things you can do to make working in limited space easier and more effective, which is what I recently showed when I set up a small studio for a friend’s business.

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Lighting modifiers: The beauty dish

The beauty dish is often a popular lighting modifier among fashion and beauty photographers because of its versatility and unique light. In my next live show I’ll show you exactly what you can achieve with it and demonstrate how you can modify it even further.

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Photographing Products with LEDs & display screens

From iPhones to kettles, self-illuminating dials, LCD screens or LED lights are key components of many products nowadays and while many photographers find it difficult, it’s actually quite simple. For our next live show I’ll be showing you how to photograph a voice recorder that has both self-illuminating illuminating buttons and a LCD screen.

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Medium-format vs full-frame: Testing the Hasselblad H6D-100c and Nikon D850

I was recently asked by Hasselblad to make a series of videos, several of which were a comparison between the medium-format Hasselblad H6D-100c and the best 35mm full-frame camera on the market at the time — the Nikon D850. I was given free-reign by Hasselblad to shoot what I wanted how I wanted, as long as it showed real-world examples …

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Tom Oldham – “It’s a great gig”

Tom Oldham started out photographing dance music 26 years ago after he bid farewell to a job in men’s retail. He set out with a simple hope — for “something a great deal less boring than standing in a shop”.

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Portrait Photography Tips from Tom Oldham

Tom Oldham is an award winning photographer with 26-years of experience and soon he’ll be sitting down with Karl in studio for another exciting live show, where he’ll be discussing the highs, the lows and what it takes to crack it in the industry.