We set Karl a challenge – to shoot an inanimate subject (namely an egg) in a single location with minimal different surfaces and backgrounds, and zero props. How did he do?
In this live show, drawing on his knowledge of light and lighting control, Karl covers a number of techniques for controlling the mood and feel of an image, including:
- Light position
- Light direction
- Light hardness and softness
- Light colour
- Choice of modifier
- Invoking emotion
- Sculpting the subject
Karl demonstrates how, by thinking outside the box and using light creatively, it’s possible to achieve great results – even when photographing simple subjects. Combining theory and practice, he reveals how the essentials of studio lighting can be applied for exciting results.
Using standard, affordable modifiers, as well as a few pro light shapers, Karl demonstrates important theoretical concepts relating to light and colour that can be used to better control studio lighting. These include how the size of the light impacts the hardness or softness of the light; how to mix hard and soft light and how to create completely shadowless light; and how to easily create an affordable DIY alternative for projection attachments.
He then creates two different still-life setups. The first demonstrates the importance of colour, while the second highlights how you can use narrative, emotion and anticipation to create alluring still-life imagery.
In this class:
- Creative ideas for still life photography
- Lighting theory and how to control studio lighting
- Colour theory and triadic colour schemes
- Creative one-light setups
- How to mix hard and soft light
- How to create shadowless light
- How to use narrative, emotion and anticipation for creative conceptual imagery
If you have any questions about this class, please post in the comments section below.