Fashion Photography Using Laser Lighting and Flash Photography

You’ve never used a laser pointer quite like this…

For this unusual and evocative image, Karl tries a new technique of mixing laser lighting with flash. In this tutorial, he guides you on achieving the perfect exposure for each light source and offers his tips for nailing the shot.

He makes use of an unusual combination of light sources, only one of which is a traditional studio light, a couple of balloons and his studio floor to produce an artistic fashion image. As always, his attention to detail, excellent lighting knowledge and creative thinking result in a perfectly balanced yet highly unusual shot.

In this class:

  • How to effectively combine different light sources
  • Refraction of light
  • The progression and development of a shot
  • The subtle use of flash
  • How to achieve balance between your subject and light
  • Testing and identifying the correct exposure
  • How to control shadows

Questions? Please post them in the comment section below.


    1. Hi Charlie, in this instance it wouldn’t matter if it was first or second because the subject is not moving so there is no opportunity for blur in one direction or the other. The action of the laser movement is purely recorded over the long exposure, if the flash burst was at the start then it’s first curtain, if the flash burst is at the end then it’s second curtain but this is only relevant if the subject is moving and enough ambient light will influence the perception of the subject leaving a trail of motion. Generally if the subject is moving on a long exposure with flash then we use second curtain (or sometimes called rear curtain) so that the flash burst is at the end of the exposure and then the trail of motion is behind the subject and not in front of the subject.

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