Gradient Lighting For Product Photography

There are many different lighting techniques that can be used when photographing products, but one of the most powerful is gradient lighting.

This technique is not only used to make products look more luxurious, it’s also the best way to control reflections in glossy surfaces.

In this class Karl takes a closer look at gradient lighting, what effect it has on glossy and matte textured products, and how to create this lighting technique using diffusion paper and affordable DIY modifiers such as scrims and light cones.


  1. Hi Karl,
    What method would you suggest to arrive to a nice gradient lighting on a matt surface object? Or it is not really feasible?
    Thank you and keep the great videos coming

    1. Dear Karl,

      First of all, love your videos!

      What would you recommend for shooting aluminum foil pans on pure white background? Which lighting setup would work best for these 100% reflective items?
      It seems like no matter what I do I am a little off from the “sweet spot”. If I get the lighting to be uniform throughout the item then it usually looks a little too matte and the item loses it’s metallic feeling. Contrarily, if the item is brightly lit and feels right then I always get a few unwanted reflections.

      Thank you,

  2. Not sure what it is about this particular video—but I like the production and pace of this one.

  3. what kind of diffusion roll would you suggest for product photography like, frosty or normal diffusion for getting started with it ?

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