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Letting Go of the Gear

POST BY: Karl Taylor Karl's Viewpoint 31 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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Karl TaylorLetting Go of the Gear
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How are photography infinity coves built?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Studio, Professional Photography Knowledge 26 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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Karl Taylor PhotographyHow are photography infinity coves built?
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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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Karl Taylor PhotographyUsing Adobe Lightroom with Photoshop
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Broncolor Siros lighting kit review and Giveaway!

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Competitions, Photography Equipment & Software 240 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 21 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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Karl Taylor PhotographyHawk in flight – Studio Photography Shoot
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 22 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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Karl TaylorTop Tripods – Support & Stability is Crucial!
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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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Karl TaylorLandscape Photography Using a Standard 50mm Lens
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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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Karl Taylor PhotographyQuickly Master Natural Light Portraiture
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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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The TRUTH about Adobe CC for photographers

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Karl's Viewpoint, Photography Equipment & Software 33 Comments

In this 16 minute tutorial, I talk specifically about Adobe Creative Cloud and how it can be used by photographers. We frequently get asked by subscribers and customers about whether to use Lightroom or Photoshop when editing and managing their photography. As you will see in this video, I actually use both pieces of software as they each have completely …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyThe TRUTH about Adobe CC for photographers
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How to Achieve Masterclass Success!

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Commercial Photography, Photography Course Information & Reviews, Professional Photography Knowledge 6 Comments

Since creating our Masterclass Photography Courses 6 years ago, our ethos has been to focus on helping students improve their skills without drowning them in confusion and technical jargon. Whether a complete DSLR beginner or a professional looking to expand their photography repertoire to new horizons, we pride ourselves on being able to offer our customers the highest level in …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyHow to Achieve Masterclass Success!
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How to build a photography website – The Easy Way!

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

Whether you are a professional photographer looking to market your business online or an amateur just wanting to show off your work to family and friends, having a website has always been essential. Unfortunately building websites in the past has been a bit of a daunting task. If you don’t know how to code, it was expensive and also extremely …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyHow to build a photography website – The Easy Way!
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We had a “Smashing Time” at shootLDN!

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Exhibitions 8 Comments

Performing live is always a bit stressful but I never like to make things easy. So at ShootLDN this year we decided to wow the crowds with smashing whiskey tumblers together and exploding paint, all in the same 1 hour show! With this type of photography preparation is key and luckily we had time to rehearse the shoots in our …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyWe had a “Smashing Time” at shootLDN!
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Beginner Photography Hacks – Go Manual, learn faster!

POST BY: Giles Cumner Beginner Photography Tips 4 Comments

Before you go out and do that though there are three basic things to understand on your camera to give you the exposure you want, often referred to as the ‘exposure triangle’.  In manual mode you have total control of all 3 things and a basic understanding of them will steepen your learning curve so you can improve faster – …

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Giles CumnerBeginner Photography Hacks – Go Manual, learn faster!
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It’s going to get messy! – ShootLDN 2014

POST BY: Karl Taylor Karl's Viewpoint, Photography Exhibitions 20 Comments

We’ve been busy planning and rehearsing our most spectacular live show of the year…. Shoot LDN.  And wow do we have a show for you!! As many of you guys know we don’t like to do things by halves so we decided to tackle not one incredibly difficult shoot, but two.  As our test shots below demonstrate we are going …

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Karl TaylorIt’s going to get messy! – ShootLDN 2014
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A Live Beauty Lighting Lesson With Karl Taylor

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Equipment & Software, Photography Exhibitions 14 Comments

Shooting on a live stage in front of hundreds of people is always a bit challenging. It’s especially challenging when you only have 30 minutes to come up with an inspirational result! Fortunately, it wasn’t difficult to get a beautiful image of this young lady. The stunning model ‘Ophelia Overdose’ made the perfect subject for my live beauty lighting demonstration. …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyA Live Beauty Lighting Lesson With Karl Taylor
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A printer for photographers that delivers an incredibly dense black.

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Equipment & Software, Photography Exhibitions 3 Comments

If you’re interested in printing your photos at a higher quality then you may be interested in Epson’s latest offering. In this quick video, I take a look at the new photo proofing, ‘prosumer’ P600 which is out in November 2014. This A3+ printer apparently has the richest, most dense blacks of any printer they’ve produced. This new printer is …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyA printer for photographers that delivers an incredibly dense black.