Knockout creative techniques

This shot took a lot of trial and error and testing but once it all came together I think you can agree that the final result is fantastic and really effective. In this chapter not only are you able to have a behind the scenes look at one of Karl’s most iconic images but you can also see how he creates all the different layers of the shot before he comps it all together.


  1. Hi Karl! What is the pulse duration of this flash?

    1. Hi, these are old flashes from about 10 years ago but I think they were about 1/1500- 1/2000th maximum

    1. That’s very kind thank you. But the reality of it is that all the top photographers I know can also apply themselves to pretty much most genres of photography if they needed to, it’s just that often good photographers get put in a certain box or know for doing a certain thing and then they end up following that more. The truth is though (which you will learn from the content in this platform) is that once you have acquired the necessary, concept, visual and lighting skills you’ll find you can also shoot pretty much anything.

  2. This is a VERY inspiring module.

    I love shooting sports, landscape, fashion and dramatic scenes. When asked “What is your style?” I have struggled to answer.

    This shot has inspired me.

    There are so many aspects that I love – the drama and movement of the model. The creation of a wonderful end shot through good planning and layering. The strong use of lighting technique. I loved this module. It is a real inspiration. I showed this to my favorite model and she is already limbering up.

    Now – how do I get enough space to replicate this. Time to talk to my wife about whether we really need a living room.


  3. Hi Karl,
    It’s indeed a great technique. I can see you’ve enjoyed the shoot.
    Could you please explain your camera setting and how you’ve achieved to keep the model on focus ?

    1. Hi Tariqur, I manually focus on the point where I know the model will jump to and keep it locked. If you have not understood the settings then please refer to the first 15 chapters in the portrait section where I describe exactly how to calculate such things and give you a full explanation on studio lighting and understanding control.

  4. I love the electronica music you have in a lot of your videos. Who is the artist/song used in the majority of this video? Thanks!

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