Photo Critique: Electronic Products

Karl had a blast reviewing members’ submissions in this live critique show, now available as a replay. The theme was ‘Electronics’ and we saw impressive images of headphones, smartphones, cameras, coffee machines, electric guitars and more.

As always, Karl was honest in identifying room for improvement, and full of useful suggestions for making good shots even better. Though given in response to specific images, Karl’s feedback will be useful for anyone looking to enhance their photography.

Some aspects that came up more than once include the challenge of lighting different textures within an image, the importance of separating the ‘hero’ of an image from its ‘supporting cast’, and styling your electronics image in a way that grabs the viewer’s attention without detracting from the product itself.

As he reviews the submissions, Karl also demonstrates some simple Photoshop adjustments for quick and easy image enhancement.

In this critique:

  • Electronics photography tips
  • Techniques for photographing electronics
  • Lighting electronics for photography
  • Product photography lighting tips
  • Backgrounds for electronics product photography
  • Post-production for electronics photography

To learn more about how to photograph electronics, be sure to check out our Electronics Photography classes.


  1. Thank you very much for your comments about my photo Karl, you made a great point regarding the composition I failed to think about –

  2. DavidMorgan

    Plenty of generic learning points, and some Photoshop gold nuggets. Love these critique shows, regardless of genre.

  3. Can you add text to a picture you submit. I know it is mostly best to leave it out for the client to add later on.

  4. Hi All, just to clarify on the question from our member at 1:23:08 regarding cutting objects out I then went on to explain how I will avoid this wherever possible and that 95% of my post work is contrast and colour, burn and dodge however I don’t think I was clear enough that in certain shots it may not be possible to achieve the image in one shot and in such instances we often shoot multiple shots, maybe with lights moved to a different position or a mirror that ends up in the shot. In such instances those matching layers are stacked on top of each other in PS and then using masks we ‘rub’ through the layer mask to reveal or hide certain aspects of an image to bring the best elements of each into a final layer. I guess that could be classed as ‘cutting out’ but I didn’t perceive it in such a way during this question. A good example of this would be in the ‘Elemis’ 3 pots shot on the pastel acrylic coloured sheets. In that shot it was impossible to capture the sharp shadows of the products and the soft gradient lighting on the lids and it required multiple shots to be made and stacked as layers with masks in PS. To understand this better please see that shoot class and its post production class.

  5. Always a pleasure getting CC from the best, thanks Karl, gonna take that in consideration from now on, looking forward for the next Electronic product critique!😃

    Best regards Daniel

  6. Thanks a lot Karl for the invaluable critiques, really appreciated. Pretty hard to get honest/constructive critiques specially from one of the best.
    Looking forward to participate on the next ones! They really help to point us in the right direction.

  7. Radu

    Thank you Karl Taylor for your critique. Even if it’s the first photo I published here I follow you for a long time and I learned a lot from you over the years, It means a lot to me.

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