We challenged Karl to see just how many different results he can come up with when shooting an inanimate subject in the same location and with absolutely no props – he was only allowed to use a few different base surfaces and backgrounds. So, what did he do?
Drawing on his knowledge of light and lighting control, Karl covers a number of techniques for controlling the mood and feel of an image, including:
- The position of the light,
- Direction of the light,
- Hardness/softness of the light,
- Colour/temperature of the light
- Choice of modifier
- Invoking emotion
- Composition, and
- Sculpting the subject.
In this live show Karl demonstrates how, by thinking outside the box and applying an understanding of light, it’s possible to achieve great results, even when photographing simple subjects. Consisting of theoretical explanations and practical demonstrations, this information-packed show covers some of the essentials of studio lighting and how these can be applied for creative effect.
Using both standard, affordable modifiers as well as a few pro light shapers, Karl explains and demonstrates a number of these techniques to show just how powerful a good understanding of light can be.
He demonstrates important theoretical concepts relating to light and colour that can be used to better control studio lighting, including how the size of the light impacts the hardness or softness of the light, how to mix hard and soft light and how to create completely shadowless light. Using a variety of modifiers, Karl also demonstrates how to easily create an affordable DIY alternative for projection attachments.
He then creates two different still-life setups: the first of which demonstrates the importance of colour; and a second, more conceptual shoot, that shows how narrative, emotion and anticipation can be used to create interesting still-life imagery.
In this class you will learn:
- Creative ideas for still life photography
- Lighting theory & how to control studio lighting
- Colour theory & triadic colour schemes
- Creative one light setups
- How to mix hard and soft light
- How to create shadowless light
- Using narrative, emotion and anticipation for creative conceptual imagery
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comments section below.