Product Photography Classes

Learn how to photograph a variety of products in these product photography classes, which cover essentials such as lighting, composition and post production.

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Live Members Picture Critique – Product Photography

Bottles, watches, perfumes and pack shots. Karl reviews a selection of product images submitted by members for this live picture critique. Working through each image Karl points out what makes effective product imagery as well offers effective solutions to some…

Photographing Paintings for Reproduction

In this photography class Karl is commissioned to photograph two paintings for well known artist and painter Louise Lawton. Photographing the two pieces, one being a large monochromatic piece and the other a smaller colored image of a young girl,…

Jewellery Photography – Diamond Necklace

Karl photographs a diamond necklace for the second class in our series of jewellery photos shoots. Using a simple lighting setup, Karl demonstrates how to light shiny metal surfaces and highlight important details in precious gems such as diamonds. Using…

How to Focus Stack – Rings example

In this photography class Karl walks you through the process of how to focus stack an image in Photoshop. Working on the ring image shot in the previous class, Karl starts at the very beginning, explaining how to make RAW…

Jewellery Photography – Rings

Whether you’re looking to photograph a $50 dollar pair of hand crafted earrings or a $15 000 diamond ring for an advertising campaign, knowing how to photograph jewellery is a useful skill for any photographer. This product photography class provides…

Live Workshop – Sports Footwear Photoshoot

In this footwear photography workshop Karl demonstrates how to light and photograph footwear, in this case a football boot. Starting with a single light, Karl shows you how to create a rim light before gradually building to his final setup.…

Live Workshop – Flat Lay Photography

In this photography workshop Karl demonstrates how to take flat lay photographs using a 35mm camera and 50mm lens. Flat lay photography is an eye catching way to get your product noticed amidst the chaos of the internet and in…

Tilt and Shift Product Shoot

Tilt and shift lenses and adapters are commonly used for architectural photography, but they can be a useful tool when photographing products too. In this product photography class Karl makes use of a tilt and shift adapter to overcome two…

Zenith Watch Product Shoot

Watch photography can often be tricky, and none more so than this shoot, Karl photographs the detailed inner workings of a luxury Zenith watch. In this product photography class Karl highlights the common difficulties one might face, including how to…

Post-Production Floating Cosmetics Splash Shot

In this photography class Karl walks you through the entire post-production process needed to take the RAW image of his floating cosmetics splash shot to the final, polished stages suitable for a high end advertising shot. This informative chapter applies…

Floating Cosmetics Splash Shot

Combining carefully controlled lighting and meticulous attention to detail, Karl creates this high-end advertising splash shot of a bottle of Chanel moisturising cream. Starting at the very beginning, Karl explains the planning and pre-visualisation required to successfully execute this cosmetic…

Cosmetics on black gloss

In this insightful product photography class Karl shows you exactly what can be captured straight out of camera without resorting to post-production to resolve what, in fact, are easily fixable problems. The techniques demonstrated in this class include how to…

01. Preparation for Perfume Bottle Shoots

When it comes to creating a professional advertising image of a world famous product, pre-visualisation and planning are essential. After much consideration, Karl is finally ready to start work on a project he’s been planning for some time. His aim…

03. Perfume Product Shoot Post Production

Having created his first advertising image of a bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume, Karl sits down to review the image and make the necessary post production adjustments needed to finish off the RAW image. This informative chapter applies a…

04. Perfume Advertising Shoot

In advertising, perfume is often portrayed in ways that evoke a sense of elegance, class and style. After creating a simple yet elegant advertising shot of a bottle of the classic Chanel No. 5 perfume, Karl creates a second luxurious image.…

Live Workshop – Whisky Photography

This live photography workshop covers the start to finish process of a product photography shoot, photographing a bottle of whisky to advertising standards, using just a three light setup. Karl guides you through each step of the process, from planning…

‘How To’ Full Version – Dior Perfume Bottles

For this product photography class Karl uses refraction through two Dior perfume bottles to create this lovely fresh product image. Throughout the shoot Karl highlights common problems one might face in such a shoot -  lighting the chrome details on…

Dior Perfume Bottles Post Production

After photographing this beautiful, fresh product image of two Dior perfume bottles, Karl shares the post processing required to finalise the shot. This photography class covers all the Photoshop work that went into perfecting the image. Watch as Karl shows…

‘How To’ Full Version – Shooting Tech Devices

As part of his work with broncolor, Urs Recher is often tasked with photographing electronic products, which often have illuminating screens or buttons. When photographing these items, it’s important to achieve the perfect exposure in order to capture the images…

Live Workshop – Products with LEDs & screens

A common challenge that many photographers face these days is how to photograph products with LED lights or illuminating screens. In this live photography workshop Karl guides you through each step of such a product shoot. Lighting is key when…

Live Workshop – Luxury Watch Product Photography

In this watch product photography workshop Karl demonstrates how to capture a luxury watch to professional advertising standards. Watch as Karl builds up to the final shot, showing you each live image and explaining the changes and reasoning behind his…

Live Workshop – Photographing Sunglasses

As part of his commercial work, glasses are something Karl often photographs. As a result, he knows a number of essential techniques and useful tips to achieve a high-end result worthy of any advertising campaign, which he shares in this…

Live Workshop – Wine Bottle Photography

As a commercial photographer Karl specialises in product photography and in this live product photography workshop, where he shoots a bottle of red wine, he shares a host of useful techniques that can be applied to the genre as a…

Live Workshop – Liquid Photography With David Lund

Liquid specialist and former Karl Taylor Education student David Lund joined Karl in studio for an exciting episode somewhat different (and far more messy) to past shows. Working closely with Karl, David brings his liquid expertise and unusual gadgets to…

Live Talk Show – Animal Photographer Tim Flach

World-renowned animal photographer Tim Flach is known for his artistic studio portraits of animals. He often creates deliberately ambiguous close-up portraits in order to provoke questions from the viewer. Tim joined Karl in studio to talk about his career, explore…