Photographing Wrapped and Packaged Food


We’ve often been asked to produce a class on how to shoot food in its packaging. With this live workshop, we meet that demand! And now you can watch the replay.

Shooting food products in their packaging can present various problems, especially when you’re working with glossy, high-shine surfaces. In this workshop, Karl explains the simple physics you need to understand in order to solve those problems.

You’ll learn how to use a softbox as a background, how to create a pure white background and base, and how to use polarising filters and films to remove unwanted reflections.

The techniques demonstrated here are useful for all photographers, especially those with an interest in product, packshot, and e-commerce photography.

Other classes that Karl refers to in this workshop include Angles of Incidence and Reflection and Polarising Light in Studio Photography.

In this class:
Food packshot photography techniques
Photography with polarising filters
Achieving a pure white background
Removing unwanted reflections
Using a softbox as a background

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.


  1. You are right Karl….your platform is awesome for learning photography….never in my 2 yrs have I heard you refer to reading books….if they want to…knock their socks off….but you are very thorough on your education. So, greatly appreciated.
    Thank You! I was happy to listen to this pod cast. Will review again the other polarizing classes. Especially the floor. How I wish I had this knowledge when shooting with DoorDash. I had the glare on the table. At that time I didn’t know how to get rid of that glare… but I do now, because of your platform. 😀

  2. HenrikSorensen

    This was so helpful Karl – you are so great at explaining complicated lightning stuff – thanks a lot for another great video 🙂

  3. In the physics of the problems/solution, I think that might be useful to add also the “angle of view”(focal length of the lens). The direct reflections are formed when the light is inside the “family of angles”, which depends on the angle of view. With a longer focal length, the family of angles is narrow and there are more options to place the light outside the family of angles, making disappear any direct reflection.

  4. Another great class from the lighting Guru. Specifically helpful about reflective shiny stuff, but also reinforced some basic lighting principles. I always find something to learn in these sessions, regardless of the particular subject theme.

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