Pop Fashion Shoot

Parabolic reflectors are a popular choice of lighting modifier for fashion photography. In this photography class Karl utilizes a simple yet effective three light setup to achieve this punchy final image.

You’ll be able to follow each step of the shoot, from set creation to outfit selection and lighting tests. To end the class, Karl reviews the final image, clearly explaining the effect of each light and how this setup can be used for a multitude of different shoots.

This class forms part of our fashion week course, where Karl teamed up with Next Model Management’s Kariss Craig, professional fashion stylist Bianca Swan and makeup artist and hair stylist Shanine Levrier for an intensive week of filming high-end fashion photography.

In this fashion photography class we cover the following:

  • Fashion photography: Three light studio setup
  • Creative lighting setups for fashion photography
  • Set creation
  • Outfit selection
  • Posing your model
  • Lighting modifiers for fashion photography
  • How to use Parabolic reflectors for fashion photography
  • How to create an edge light effect

To see how to use this lighting setup on location, watch our Alien Worlds Fashion Shoot. You can also read more about Parabolic reflectors in our blog The Magic of Parabolic Lighting.


    1. Hello, It would most likely have been 100iso at f11. But and this is a big BUT if you are asking this type of question (especially the shutter speed in relation to the flash) then I’m afraid at this stage you’re not going to be able to properly undertake a shoot like this. As an instructor it’s very obvious to me based on the questions what people’s level of understanding of photography actually is. I highly recommend that you watch the first 15 chapters starting with number 1 here before you move on, this will at least give you the grounding you need – https://karltayloreducation.com/section/lighting-theory-and-equipment/

  1. Love it! Loving the classes so far. I may have missed a mention of it but I’m wondering where you can find blocks like the ones featured in this shoot. Are they built or purchased? They seem so versatile but I haven’t been able to find resources on them. Thank ya kindly!

    1. Hi Richard, they are built out of MDF with a peice in the middle inside to strengthen them. Anyone who is good at DIY could make these and usually your timber yard can cut the MDF to size for you.

    1. I was surprised to see you paint your studio background and the floor. I thought the idea was to keep it white. Do you paint it white when done? 😮

      1. Hi, We paint it regularly and often in different colours, it’s been blue, red, grey and greenscreen before for video. Then it get’s painted back to white.

    1. Hi John, we paint over it. It usually takes two or three coats of white depending on the intensity of the colour we laid down, in this case the blue was a very strong colour so needed 3 coats of white. The cove gets painted different colours all the time for different shoots. I’ve also got a mobile wall background that’s smaller but gets painted more often.

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