How to Photograph Products with LED Lights & Illuminating Screens

A common challenge that many photographers face these days is how to photograph products with LED lights or illuminating screens. In this live photography workshop Karl guides you through each step of such a product shoot.

Lighting is key when it comes to photographing products like this and this is what Karl focuses on throughout the show. He demonstrates useful lighting setups and also shows how changes in light can influence the shot. Once satisfied with the lighting on the product, he then explains how to capture the illuminations on the product.

Shooting live, he then shows useful retouching techniques to finish off the final shot.

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In this live photography workshop we cover the following:

  • How to photography products with LEDs and screens
  • Product photography lighting techniques and tips
  • Determining correct exposures for capturing on-screen illumination
  • Basic retouching techniques for product photography

You can also read more about the techniques covered in this live show in this blog post.

If you have any question about this shoot, use the comments box below.


  1. Hey Karl, if I wanted to shoot chocolate at an angle (floating) is there anything you could recommend that I could use to hold it up?

  2. How do you choose between using frosted acrylic or a scrim? Would a big 5in1 reflector work as well with the white translucent fabric?

    1. Hi, I generally go for acrylic on smaller stuff like jewellery because the right size acrylic for this isn’t to big and it’s rigid enough to clamp above or lean etc. When the items get bigger then larger acrylic is too difficult to handle. A well made scrim frame with LEE diff will serve you just as well for the most part unless it’s not well made and you have to may ripples etc which might show up in your lighting reflections. White fabric isn’t any use as it often forms a starburst pattern of light through the fabric because of its weave.

  3. totally agree we register with KARL TAYLOR EDUCATION do learn so much and the best secret to product photography. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  4. I signed up for your class last night and this is the first video I am watching in full. I am truly grateful for you sharing your years of knowledge! IMO, you can not get this level of detail from the videos I’ve found on YouTube.

    I had to stop the video and tell you this when I heard you yell out “I LOVE GRADIENT LIGHTING” at the 1:08:14 mark in this video. I could feel the love through my computer and I want that feeling too! lol

    Best of luck to you my friend!


  5. Hey Karl, thanks so much for everything!
    Quick question,
    What kind of honey comb are you using? I cannot find one as thick as the one you are using it. I have couple of it but it doesn’t make the same effect as yours. Could you tell me the specifications and where I will be able t find it?
    Thanks a lot

  6. Hi taylor,
    Did you get exposure change in the final shots because shutter was first curtain sync instead of 2nd curtain sync ?

  7. Hi Karl, I’m late to the party watching this workshop – one of my last to watch in your product section. They’re all outstanding and I’ve learned more in 2 months than in full years prior it seems.

    But your intensity and excitement in this particular video are so infectious and amazing to watch. Just makes me want to go photograph a product straight away… any product will do! Thank you for all the energy you’re putting into these courses. Brilliant.

  8. Hi Karl,

    please could you tell me which colour your dark grey painted solid background is? Is it a RAL colour?
    I only found RAL 9004 (RGB 43-43-44), which is the most neutral dark grey, but am not sure if it gets too dark for a gradient spot.

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Jens, I’m not 100% sure as I always just use a paint that closely matches the colour of one of the darker grey Colorama Papers, I think one was called Granite. I’ll see if I can find a paint reference and come back to you.

  9. Hi Karl which video indicate to to remove the holder at the back. I have been straggling..I also seen the portrait videos when you put the background light how to do remove in post?

  10. This was a great seminar! Loved the tips using the mirrors and the second light. Very inspiring.

    PS. I believe that the (bendy arm) is called a goose neck.

  11. Karl, best one yet, really enjoyed this one, sorry was not around for the live show as I had a few questions whilst watching it back. Think this would be pretty easy to do with speedlites as you said.

  12. Karl, thank you very much. This was really amazing live show. Seeing the whole process of taking a products image was very informative.

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