Photography Blog: Knowledge & Inspiration For Photographers

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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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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.

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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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5 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.

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David Lund – Designer to photographer

From diamonds to fishing rods, fashion to steel, professional liquids photographer David Lund’s nine-year career has been a rollercoaster journey. A Hasselblad demonstration at Falmouth Art College almost 10 years ago proved to be the turning point for David…

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Professional liquid photographer David Lund

David Lund will be joining Karl live in studio to discuss his work with liquids, his journey into photography, what it takes to make it in the industry and answering your questions live. This will be a unique opportunity to learn first-hand from a student turned professional — make sure not to miss it!

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Simple tips to take better photos

As a professional photographer and educator people often ask me how they can improve their photographs so I’ve put together some simple photography tips you can use to improve your photos.

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Beginner Photography Quick Start Guide

Starting out in photography can seem daunting but this quick start guide contains all you need to know to get the ball rolling. Having this knowledge will ensure that you not only master the basics but have the skills to progress and confidently take creative control of your photography.

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Parabolic Lighting Live Show

What makes this light so special and why do parabolic lights create such a stunning effect? Join Karl LIVE on May 10 at 18.00 BST / 13.00 EDT as he delves into the world of parabolic lighting and shows you just how versatile they can be. In this live shoot Karl will reveal all, as well as demonstrate the uses and benefits of paras and their results compared to other more standard modifiers.

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The Magic of Parabolic Lighting

As a professional photographer, one of the most common questions I get asked is “If you could have just one lighting modifier, what would you choose?” And my answer is always the same — “The Para 133”.

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Live Whisky Photography Workshop

If you’re a professional or semi-professional photographer then it’s important to have the skills to make products visually outstanding! Bottle and beverage images can be particularly tricky. I reveal this knowledge and specific time-saving techniques in this online workshop.

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Guest Fashion Photographer Daria Belikova

In this live talk show Karl will be joined by fashion photographer and rising star Daria Belikova. With a dark, edgy and distinctive style Daria’s work has become sought after internationally.With a growing reputation for exquisitely styled and executed work her unique and mature finesse has garnered significant attention. In this interview we will be talking about her approach, her technique and her rapid rise in the challenging world of fashion photography as well as answering your questions live.