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Photography pricing – How much to charge for your photography

It all depends on what type of photography career you’re planning. Top product, wedding and portrait photographers frequently charge from £2000/day upwards. Prices for established, high-end photographers are even higher than this. Keep reading for more details on which photography careers can be the most lucrative and get vital experience tips on running a successful photography business. As someone who’s done …

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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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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 composition 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 — 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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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 …

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Live Workshop – Headphones Product Shoot

For this product photography workshop Karl will undertake an advertising style shot of a pair of headphones — a technically complex product that can present a myriad of challenges. This live product photography workshop will cover how to overcome problems such as finding the best composition, lighting gloss and matte surfaces as well as how to work with various shapes …

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Live talk show — Hasselblad and the Apollo Moon Landings

This July marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first men to walk on the moon. Broadcast to millions worldwide, this iconic moment was also documented using specifically designed Hasselblad cameras. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Hasselblad technical expert Chris Cooze will join Karl in the studio for a special show to talk about …

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Live Workshop – Creative Portrait Lighting

As a continuation of our Creative Portrait Lighting workshop, this live photography demonstration will demonstrate another creative portrait lighting setup. In this show Karl will demonstrate how to use a combination of lights to achieve a high key portrait effect while maintaining high contrast in the shadows. This particular lighting style, which produces a stunning result, can be achieved with …

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Live Workshop – A Guide to Lighting Emotion

Light determines the mood, style and feeling of a shot and it’s essential that you have the knowledge to create the right mood and emotion in an image. The first step is to identify the appropriate mood and emotion and the second step is to use the correct tools to create the desired lighting. To truly advance your studio photography …

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Top product photography tips

Product Photography Lighting Tips When people ask me about product photography, the most common questions I get asked are things like “What is the best camera for product photography?” Or “Which is the best lens for product photography?”. The reality is that the most important thing you can have isn’t the top camera or most expensive lens — it’s a …

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March 2019 ‘Motion’ Competition Winners

‘Motion’ was the theme for our March 2019 competition and we were excited to once again give away some great prizes to our members. First prize up for grabs was a Manfrotto 057 Carbon Fiber Tripod while second and third place winners received a Lee Filters The Super Stopper and Lee Filters Filter Foundation Kit respectively. 1st Place – Rich …

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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.  This diamond necklace jewellery photograph forms one of three videos that make up our jewellery photography classes. Watches, rings and necklaces all present a unique set of challenges when it …

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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 two-part live show Karl will …

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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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My best photography books of all time

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.