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Product Photography

Learn product photography from an experienced professional.

With hundreds of classes, lighting solutions, and problem-solving examples, we'll take your understanding of product photography to a whole new level.

From beginner to pro, these step-by-step courses contain all the techniques and insights you need to succeed as a product photographer.

Get FULL ACCESS to Karl Taylor Education for just $19/month.
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Advertising-style product photography can seem daunting due to the high standards it demands. But it can also be extremely lucrative.

Step into a world of precision lighting and exciting creativity. Discover how to execute even the most challenging shoots – and deliver results that exceed your clients’ wildest dreams.

  • 217 Classes
  • 200+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Product Photography Courses

Getting Started in Product Photography

  • 10 Classes
  • 4+ Hours content
  • Level: Basic

Have you ever looked at product photography shots in commercials and online and thought, I wish I could do that?

Begin your product photography journey with our series of introductory classes. We’ll cover useful techniques, background choices, lighting tips, and much more. You’ll discover what equipment you'll need, how to build efficient workflows, and even what to charge for your services.

What you’ll learn:

  • Product photography basics
  • Cameras and lenses for product photography
  • Recommended equipment for product photography
  • Studio space and how to make it work
  • Making and using scrims
  • The benefits of shooting tethered
Bottles & Beverages Photography

Bottle and Beverage Photography

Lighting and styling with finesse
  • 11 Classes
  • 12+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Karl has shot for many iconic beverage brands, including Grant’s Whisky and Heineken. In this series of classes, he shares what he’s learned about photographing bottles and drinks as a professional.

From wine bottle photography to clear bottle shots, you’ll discover how to overcome lighting challenges, how to shoot glass with flawless gradients, how to achieve perfect condensation, and how to enhance colour in whisky, wine, cider, and more.

What you’ll learn:

  • Bottle photography ideas, tips and tricks
  • Recommended lenses and equipment
  • Backgrounds, props and accessories
  • Lighting techniques
  • How to photograph glass and control reflections
  • How to make bottles look cold, with perfect condensation
Food Photography & Styling Behind The Scenes

Food Photography and Styling

Join with Karl and top food photographer Anna Pustynnikova
  • 34 Classes
  • 28+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

In this series, you'll learn from top food photographer Anna Pustynnikova as she reveals her secrets, covering everything from preparation and prop selection to styling and lighting.

We’ll go from natural light setups in your own home to more advanced studio lighting techniques, offering tips for beginner and advanced food photographers alike.

With Anna and Karl, you'll learn how to photograph everything from delicate desserts to store-bought pastries as they teach you powerful techniques that will enable you to shoot your own creative ideas with confidence.

What you’ll learn:

  • Preparation and styling for food photography
  • Photographing food at home using natural light
  • Simple studio lighting setups for food photography
  • Where to find props, backgrounds and accessories for food shoots
  • Recommended lenses and equipment
  • Techniques for shooting lifestyle and editorial-style food photography with models
  • The importance of narrative and how to tell a story with your images
  • Creative food photography ideas
Liquid and Splash Photography

Liquid and Splash Photography

Capture Creative High-Speed Splash Photography
Liquid & SPlash Photographs Montage
  • 24 Classes
  • 18+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Whether you're looking for some fresh splash photography ideas, or you want to learn the best techniques for freezing liquids with flash, these classes cover it all.

You'll learn about fast flash duration, recommended camera settings, and the best liquids to use for creative results as Karl demonstrates numerous setups using both Speedlites and studio flash.

Whether you're photographing products, people, or both, these classes will educate and inspire you to make a splash with your own high-speed images.

What you’ll learn:

  • Creative ideas for liquid and splash photography
  • Freezing motion using studio flash
  • Understand flash duration
  • What liquids to use and when
  • Photographing products with liquid splashes
  • Creative portrait photography with liquid splashes
  • How to retouch splash photography
Still Life Photography

Still Life Photography

Still Life Photographs Montage
  • 19 Classes
  • 20+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

This inspirational and informative series includes stand-alone classes that cover lighting techniques and tips for still life photography, as well as a start-to-finish breakdown of one of Karl's own still life images.

Through Karl's clear teaching methods and numerous examples, you'll quickly learn how to compose, style, and light artistic still life images, with amazing results.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to shoot still life photography
  • Creating a narrative
  • Creative lighting techniques
  • Composition techniques and tips
  • Colour theory and how to use it
  • Retouching still life photos
  • Fine art and commercial still life ideas
Cosmetics Photography

Cosmetics Photography

Cosmetics Photographs Montage
  • 25 Classes
  • 18+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Whether you're shooting them for your own blog or for a professional client, cosmetic products can be challenging subjects, often featuring mixed textures and small details.

Learn how to shoot high-end images of makeup and cosmetics as Karl shares the tips and tricks he's used over the years, showing you how to light small products, which lenses to use for close-up photography, and more.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to photograph cosmetics and makeup
  • Creative ideas and lighting techniques
  • How to control light and reduce reflections in gloss surfaces
  • How to photograph small products
  • Focus stacking techniques for greater depth of field
  • Retouching techniques
Jewellery Photography

Jewellery Photography

  • 14 Classes
  • 20+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Learn how to create flawless images that capture a sense of elegance and perfection in this series of in-depth jewellery photography classes.

Shooting a number of luxury items such as watches, necklaces, and rings, Karl teaches you how to identify the common challenges associated with jewellery photography and, more importantly, how to overcome them to produce high-quality results for online or commercial purposes.

You'll learn how to shoot small products using focus stacking, how to photograph jewellery on a white background, how to use a single light and get great results, and how to style jewellery for photography.

What you’ll learn:

  • Identifying and overcoming the challenges of jewellery photography
  • Start-to-finish demonstrations for photographing watches, necklaces and rings
  • Equipment and lenses for jewellery photography
  • How to make your own props for jewellery photography
  • Using focus stacking for greater depth of field
  • How to photograph jewellery photography on a white background
  • Controlling reflections and adding sparkle to jewellery
Packshot Photography

Packshot Photography

Packshot Photographs Montage
  • 12 Classes
  • 7+ Hours content
  • Level: All levels

E-commerce is a booming business for photographers, so knowing how to capture high-quality packshots is a valuable skill.

In these classes, you’ll learn about the equipment, styling, and lighting you need to take packshot images that sell.

Karl demonstrates versatile one and two-light setups, how to work in small studios, how to reduce reflections on shiny objects, how to create perfect white backgrounds, and more.

What you’ll learn:

  • Simple lighting setups for packshot photography
  • Using studio flash and continuous LED lighting
  • Creating shadowless lighting for cutouts
  • Shooting products on a white background
  • Recommended lenses and equipment
  • How to photograph in a small studio
  • Post-production techniques for packshot photography
Electronics Photography

Electronics Photography

Electronics Photographs Montage
  • 8 Classes
  • 10+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

LED buttons, reflective screens, and curved shapes – electronic devices can be tricky products to photograph.

To get the best results, you need to understand what equipment to use, what angle to shoot from, and how to control your light.

Karl covers all of this as he shows you how to overcome common challenges while shooting electronic products such as headphones, iPads, guitars, cameras, and more.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to photograph electronic products and digital devices
  • How to photograph LED screens
  • Recommended lenses and equipment
  • Shooting products on white/black backgrounds
  • How to shoot 'floating' objects
  • Lighting techniques like gradient lighting, rim lighting, and more
  • Controlling reflections in gloss and metallic surfaces
Automotive Photography

Automotive Photography

Automotive Photography Montage
  • 13 Classes
  • 18+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Everything you need to know to create professional automotive images.

Shooting both cars and motorcycles, Karl explains everything from lens choice and camera setting to minimising reflections in metallic surfaces. He also covers useful lighting techniques like gradient lighting and even light painting.

In these in-depth classes, you'll see the step-by-step shoot and learn first-hand as Karl shares his tips to help you get the very best results.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to photograph cars and motorcycles
  • How to control and remove reflections on metal surfaces
  • Studio requirements and budget alternatives
  • Lighting techniques
  • How to use studio flash or continuous light
  • How to capture car headlights using long exposures
  • Retouching techniques
Photographing Sporting Equipment

Sports Equipment Photography

Sporting Equipment Photography Montage
  • 6 Classes
  • 6.5+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

From creative action shots of tennis rackets to fine art-style equestrian equipment, these classes cover the lighting, styling, and equipment you need to shoot sporting gear.

Through Karl’s demonstrations, you'll learn how to plan your images and visualise the desired end result, understand what angles from which to shoot certain products, how to light metallic, matte, and even leather surfaces, and what lenses and camera settings to use to get the best results.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to photograph ad-style images of sports equipment
  • How to use studio flash, continuous light and light painting
  • Photographing black-on-black products
  • How to control reflections on metallic objects
  • Using long exposures for creative imagery
  • Lighting techniques for products with mixed surface textures
Flat Lay Photography

Flat Lay Photography

 Flat Lay Photographs Montage
  • 9 Classes
  • 6+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Making your flat lay images stand out can be difficult. Knowing what backgrounds to use, what colours to choose, and how to compose your image can make a world of difference.

In these classes, you'll learn how to photograph from above, whether you're shooting products, food, or even fashion accessories.

Karl shares useful flat lay photography techniques, including styling and lighting, to give you that crucial creative edge.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to achieve creative flat lay photography
  • Composition techniques
  • Recommended backgrounds
  • Styling tips
  • How to create mood using lighting
  • Using tilt-shift
Photographing Fashion Accessories

Accessories Photography

Fashion Accessories Photographs Montage
  • 9 Classes
  • 10+ Hours content
  • Level: Intermediate to Advanced

From sunglasses to shoes and everything in between, these classes cover how to shoot a wide variety of fashion accessories for advertising purposes.

You'll learn useful techniques that can be applied to a range of different subjects, including how to compose and style images, how to photograph flat lays, how to use long exposure and studio flash, and how to incorporate colour theory for creative results.

Karl also reveals how to light different products, demonstrating important studio lighting concepts that will help you achieve the results you desire.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to photograph fashion accessories
  • Styling and composition techniques
  • Recommended lenses and equipment
  • Lighting techniques for matte and gloss products
  • Black-on-black product photography
  • Using long exposure
Photography Briefs

Photography Brief Assignments

Photographs Brief Montage
  • 21 Classes
  • 25+ Hours content
  • Level: All Levels

Practice real-world photography skills with our photography brief assignments — designed to help you prepare for working with real commercial clients.

Presented in the form of a visual sketch with written description and mood board images, you’ll learn how to interpret and execute a designated image.

Designed to be achievable for any equipment level, all assignments feature a follow-up live show where Karl reviews each of the submissions.

What you’ll learn:

  • How to work to a photography brief
  • Learn how to interpret & execute a given image
  • Practice real-world photography skills
  • Creative thinking & problem solving
  • Feedback on your images

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"I am getting into product photography and this was an eye opener of the little inexpensive tricks to play with light to change the outcome of the picture. All at $14 a month, you would have to be a fool to think you are not getting value for money.”

Patrick Williams

"Appreciate the way you teach: clear, concise. You explain why it’s best to set lights up in the right way and the wrong way and seeing the results completes the jigsaw.”

Kevin Goodchild

"Your attention to detail is unique and I feel I am learning so much every time I watch you create a shot.”

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Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor has been a professional photographer for more than 25 years. Commissioned by leading global brands for his precise attention to detail and exquisite control of light, Karl is also known as an instructor who explains complex subjects clearly and effectively. Karl’s unique expertise and commitment to education has led him to work for Hasselblad Camera Company, Broncolor Lighting and Adobe, as well as to appearances on the BBC and elsewhere.

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