Photographing White Products on a White Background


Getting white-on-white right can be tricky. In this live photography workshop, now available to watch as a replay, Karl identifies the main challenges and demonstrates simple techniques for overcoming them.

He begins by explaining ‘pure white’ and how it is identified in the RGB decimal code. This magic number becomes crucial later as he works to separate white subject from white background. He also discusses matt and gloss surfaces and the different ways they reflect light.

As he lights a white jacket on a mannequin, Karl shows how to use flags to prevent background light spilling onto the subject. Lighting the jacket itself, he shows the dangers of over-exposure, and how to use flagging and feathering to get the right lighting ratio to make the subject stand out from the background.

Moving on to a white teacup and saucer, the challenges of shooting a glossy product become clear. Karl explains how image-forming reflections work and why they cause the edges of glossy products to become indistinguishable from. Then he demonstrates an ingeniously simple DIY fix.

Packed full of valuable learning, the class will ensure you get white-on-white right every time.

In this class:

  • How to photograph white products on white backgrounds
  • Identifying pure white
  • Lighting matt and gloss surfaces
  • Flagging and feathering to control lighting ratio
  • Understanding image-forming reflections
  • Understanding angles of incidence and reflection
  • Benefits of shooting tethered

Other classes Karl refers to in this show include Angles of Incidence and Reflection and Shadowless Lighting for Photographing Products on White.


  1. murateei

    Ups.. Please ignore my previous comment. You have already given advice about the problem I was experiencing in the video. I’ve realized now 🙂 Thanks

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