Lips and Nails Close-up

Following on from the previous beauty-style image earlier in this course, for this class Karl shoots a series of close-up lips and nail images.

This type of macro photography does require some specific kit, so Karl quickly runs through the equipment he uses for the shot before getting onto the lighting and the shoot itself.

The lighting for this particular shot couldn’t be simpler as Karl uses just a single light with a common modifier to get the lighting he needs. In this class you’ll see the position of this light and how it can be used for photographing the entire series of macro images.

Class objectives:

  • Learn how to shoot macro photography
  • Equipment requirements for macro photography
  • One-light setups for shooting close-up beauty images

If you have any questions about this class please post in the comment section below.

NOTE: This class is available with English subtitles and automatic translations.


  1. Hi Karl,

    When you refer to a lot of work in postproduction, I’m assuming you just mean skin smoothing, Dodge & Burn etc?

  2. Hi Karl, in most of your other videos see that you recommend para 133 for beauty. Given this video is before you changed to bron, would you now use the para or still use softbox?

    1. Hi Cameron, for this one I would have still used the stripbox because of the shape of reflection needed on the lips.

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