Dramatic Lighting for Sunglasses Photoshoot

In this product photography class, Karl demonstrates the advantages of using a scrim as he photographs a pair of sunglasses.

Thanks to their curved lenses and gloss frames, sunglasses can be challenging subjects to photograph. Scrims can help you to achieve the beautiful gradient lighting that gives an image that professional quality.

As Karl creates his shot, you’ll see how he positions and angles the product, plus how he lights it using studio flash. As he explains his choice of modifiers, you’ll also learn why softboxes are not the best option for this type of photography and how you can use mirrors to create additional light.

In this class:

  • How to photograph sunglasses
  • Using scrims to create gradient lighting
  • Lighting reflective gloss surfaces
  • How to correctly expose an image
  • Creating a background glow for product photography

To see how Karl retouched this image, check out Dramatic Lighting for Sunglasses | Post-Production.

To learn more about how to photograph eyewear, try Sunglasses Photography and Photographing Glasses.

Questions? Please post them in the comments section below.

© Karl Taylor


  1. Hi Karl,

    just a question regrading your scrim. There are also this ready to buy foldable reflektors with a built in Diffusor available. Since they are also available in quite big sizes like 200 x 150cm, my question is, if they are suitable as well for product photography. Or do you think that the synthetic and semi transparent diffusion fabric will give a worse result than your material?

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