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Photography Studio: Colorama Rolleasy Backgrounds Review

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  If you have a photography studio then you will find this video review of Colorama’s “Rolleasy” background system very useful. I show you how they work and how they are bracketed to our studio wall. This is definitely an improvement on our previous crank and chain system. You can learn more about this “Rolleasy” studio background system on Colorama’s …

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Beginner Photography Guide to Camera Straps & Camera Bags

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Photography Knowledge 1 Comment

Beginner Photography – Your Beginner Photography Guide to Camera Straps, Cases and Camera Bags. In this video we talk about camera straps, camera bags & camera cases. I show you the type of camera straps I use and the features that are import to consider when using cameras on a daily basis. We then look at a selection of camera …

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Camera Lens Flare. Beginner Photography - What is camera lens flare and how can you avoid it?

Camera Lens Flare. Beginner Photography – What is camera lens flare and how can you avoid it?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Photography Knowledge 2 Comments

Beginner Photography – What is camera lens flare and how can you avoid it? This simple little tip is well worth knowing if you’re a beginner photographer. I normally avoid shooting into the sun however with the help of some back-lit sheep, I show you how lens hoods not only shield your optics avoiding lens flare but also protect your …

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Karl Taylor PhotographyCamera Lens Flare. Beginner Photography – What is camera lens flare and how can you avoid it?
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Why are Polarizing Filters so important?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Photography Equipment & Software, Photography Knowledge Leave a Comment

Polarising filters are a really important part of your camera kit! They are the one filter that you can’t be applied or simulated using affects or filters in Photoshop alone. To begin, I show you a selection of filter types including screw lens filters and adapter ring filters. I let you know my preferred filter and explain why. We then …

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What camera tripod(s) do you use?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Photography Equipment & Software, Photography Knowledge 4 Comments

As I’m frequently on professional photo shoots and teaching photography for my Karl Taylor Photography courses and photography workshops I actually use a couple of camera tripods for different photography situations. In this video I show you my favourite tripods and my reasons for using them. I look at tripos strength, durability and flexibility, PLUS we look at tripod heads …

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How to make a professional backdrop for your photoshoot.

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Photography Knowledge, Photography Studio, Professional Photography Knowledge 7 Comments

See how easily you can transform a blank canvas for a professional photoshoot. All you need is some space, time and a splash of creativity. This quick tutorial shows you everything you need to know about the canvas preparaion and painting of your studio back drop. See the backdrop in action with a model shoot at the end with some …

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Taiwan International Photography Workshop 2015.

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Commercial Photography, Fashion Photography, Professional Photography Knowledge 10 Comments

Our recent visit to Taipei was not only a surprise but also incredibly interesting. Firstly I’d like to say what a wonderfully friendly bunch of people the Taiwanese are, not only our wonderful hosts at Cheng Seng Group but also the Taiwanese people in general, we had an incredible time! Our project was to run a 2-day workshop twice, so …

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Image Retouching Mastery… Learn like a professional!

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Advanced Photography Skills, Professional Photography Knowledge 4 Comments

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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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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How much Photoshop do Karl Taylor’s pictures actually need?

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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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Are UV filters for DSLR cameras any good?

POST BY: Karl Taylor Photography Beginner Photography Tips, Karl's Viewpoint 8 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

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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 38 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 31 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 7 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 245 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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