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Image Retouching Mastery… Learn like a professional!

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Advanced Photography Skills, Professional Photography Knowledge Leave a Comment

Viktor Fejes is a young and talented professional retoucher. He works for a number of professional photographers and on campaigns for cosmetic, hair, fashion and beauty companies. He also perfects images for the likes of Marie Claire Magazine and when I’m too busy he even retouches for me! In our latest release; ‘Advanced Photoshop For Photographers’ I decided to team …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyImage Retouching Mastery… Learn like a professional!
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Did you know you can get filters for small cameras?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Advanced Photography Skills, Beginner Photography Tips, Photography Equipment & Software 1 Comment

Lee Filters are known for their professional and larger DSLR camera filter system – BUT did you know you can now get filters for small lens cameras? It’s basically a small version of the same type of kit a professional photographer would use. I run you through this new small camera filter system and take some example seascape shots so …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyDid you know you can get filters for small cameras?
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How much Photoshop do Karl Taylor’s pictures actually need?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Advanced Photography Skills, Photography Equipment & Software, Professional Photography Knowledge Leave a Comment

At ShootLDN I went on stage for an Adobe Photoshop workshop on beauty retouching techniques during which I demonstrated the amount of post production work that I commonly apply to my images. In this video, Adobe’s Iona Walters caught up with me to talk about my workflow further. She was curious to see how I used Photoshop and to what …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyHow much Photoshop do Karl Taylor’s pictures actually need?
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Are UV filters for DSLR cameras any good?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Karl's Viewpoint 7 Comments

I’ve never understood the point of UV filters – they go back to the past days of film. We frequently get asked about their purpose on modern cameras so in this quick demonstration I run a simple “with & without” comparison. My honest opinion is that UV filters are not worth using as where is the sense in putting a …

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Little Stopper 6X Filter for your DSLR

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Photography Equipment & Software 6 Comments

In this video I run some test shots to demonstrate LEE Filters’ new Little Stopper 6X Filter My first test shot at this scene I used a polarizing filter and exposed correctly at F16 for a 1/4 second. Adding the new “Little Stopper Filter” to my camera then reduces 6-Stops of light so adding this to my camera then gives …

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Canon XEED WUX6000 Projector review

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Equipment & Software, Photography Studio 4 Comments

In this video I show you the Canon XEED WUX6000 projector I purchased for our new photography studio. You will also discover how not to make the same mistake I did with lens choice!! Many of you have asked questions about the equipment we purchased for our new photography studio. A projector was always going to be an important piece …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyCanon XEED WUX6000 Projector review
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Karl Taylor Photography Workshops in Guernsey

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Karl's Viewpoint, Photography Studio 2 Comments

Now, if you are watching this video, it’s because you are probably interested in attending one of our workshops. So what I’d like to do is, I’d like to give you a little bit of a tour of my studio, explain a little bit more about our photography workshops, and what we can offer with these amazing new facilities. First …

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Photography: A Deeper Understanding

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Advanced Photography Skills, Karl's Viewpoint, Professional Photography Knowledge 5 Comments

Several years ago I reached a point with my photography where I felt insecure. I looked at my photographs and asked, ‘is this good enough?’ I became uncertain and started doubting much of my own work. I knew I had some images that I felt worked but I also had many others that didn’t inspire me in the same way. …

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Letting Go of the Gear

POST BY: Karl Taylor Karl's Viewpoint 36 Comments

What happens when you let go of all the gear, the pre-visualisation and just take pictures for the pleasure? This was a question I asked myself recently….   I’ve been accused several times (usually by trolls) of success in my work because of the tools that I have at my disposal. It has been mentioned more than once on social …

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How are photography infinity coves built?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Studio, Professional Photography Knowledge 28 Comments

Creating a perfect seamless background is the holy grail for most studios. Here our carpenter and plasterer did an incredible job creating the perfect infinity cove for our new studio. Watch the video to understand all the stages involved and see the surreal result at the end! If you are interested in coming over to our studio to learn with …

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Using Adobe Lightroom with Photoshop

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Knowledge, Professional Photography Knowledge 6 Comments

In this video Adobe’s Richard Curtis and I look at the power of integration between Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop using smart objects and linked camera raw settings. We also look at linked files and effects that are seamlessly updated from your catalog to your final image and through use of a clever black and white toned conversion we create a …

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Broncolor Siros lighting kit review and Giveaway!

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Competitions, Photography Equipment & Software 244 Comments

Every day this week I will be adding a new video to this post reviewing and using the very latest Broncolor Siros Lighting Kit. There are four video tutorials for you to share and enjoy. On the last day (Friday 6th Feb. 2015) I will also add a simple competition quiz for you to enter for a chance to win. …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyBroncolor Siros lighting kit review and Giveaway!
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Hawk in flight – Studio Photography Shoot

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Studio, Professional Photography Knowledge 22 Comments

A Harris Hawk in flight… What a fantastic first shoot for the new studio! It was great to welcome Robert and his incredible friend Freyja the hawk back. This time though we had all the space needed to nail the shot that I couldn’t achieve last year in our previous studio. After capturing some beautiful animal portraits of this magnificent …

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Full Frame Sensors vs Crop Sensor Cameras Explained by Karl Taylor!

Full Frame Vs. Crop Sensor Cameras – Explained!

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Karl's Viewpoint, Photography Equipment & Software 23 Comments

The sensor in your camera is the CCD or CMOS chip that captures the light to record the image. It’s the thing in your camera that replaced film! Just like film, sensors come in different sizes and formats. For those of you who are a bit confused about what a “full frame sensor” is in relation to a “crop sensor” …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyFull Frame Vs. Crop Sensor Cameras – Explained!
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Top Tripods – Support & Stability is Crucial!

POST BY: Karl Taylor Advanced Photography Skills, Beginner Photography Tips 4 Comments

That’s right, good support and stability is everything when it comes to professional results in photography. In this video I take a look at two of my favourite tripods. After a loyal 11 years of service I had to replace my most used tripod recently so I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you the new model …

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Using Slow Shutter Speeds With Polarizing Filters To Capture Moving Water

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Advanced Photography Skills, Beginner Photography Tips 11 Comments

In this tutorial, I show you some tips and techniques for photographing flowing water. We have a look at how different shutter speeds affect the atmosphere of our shot and how a polarizing filter works to increase the contrast by reducing surface reflections. Getting the right angle of view is important and as usual I find myself knee deep in …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyUsing Slow Shutter Speeds With Polarizing Filters To Capture Moving Water
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Landscape Photography Using a Standard 50mm Lens

POST BY: Karl Taylor Advanced Photography Skills, Beginner Photography Tips 11 Comments

After trekking for 3 miles along cliff paths and in the rain, let’s see what I come up with when I forget to bring the lens I wanted to use and revert to using the standard lens on another camera! Most of us know that the wide angle and super wide angle lens are the most commonly used for landscape …

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How to Capture Perfect Photographs at Sunrise

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Advanced Photography Skills, Beginner Photography Tips 13 Comments

In this tutorial I demonstrate the use of filters at sunrise combined with the beautiful backdrop of Paris. I also give you some tips on tripods and cases to use too. This tutorial is a short extract taken from my Starter Photography Masterclass, and Complete Photography Masterclass. If you are keen to progress your photography skills these photography courses all …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyHow to Capture Perfect Photographs at Sunrise
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Quickly Master Natural Light Portraiture

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Advanced Photography Skills, Beginner Photography Tips 8 Comments

This tutorial is a short extract taken from my Starter Photography Masterclass, and Complete Photography Masterclass. If you are keen to progress your photography skills these photography courses all include personal support to help you achieve the results you are after. If you like my videos and want to see more, please support us by sharing using any of the …

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NEW Broncolor Siros lights arrived at the studio.

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Competitions, Photography Equipment & Software 11 Comments

A very exciting un-boxing indeed! The amazing New Siros Lighting Kit and to make it even better, we’re giving it away. Watch the video to learn more. So keep an eye out for our detailed product review video and details of the competition. For now though, click below to learn more about these incredibly versatile lights. If you like my …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyNEW Broncolor Siros lights arrived at the studio.