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Advertising, Product and Still Life Photography Lighting Workshop

Course Date: 1st - 4th November, 2016 | FULL Max students: 9 | Course Duration: 4 days

Karl Taylor works for some of the world's leading businesses and agencies in the field of advertising, product and still life photography. Karl has helped train professional photographers who have since gone on to shoot international campaigns for global brands.

Advertising Photography Workshops

In this unique and specialist course you will learn first hand some of the intricate techniques of studio lighting and problem solving for this area of photography. You will be introduced to the necessary equipment with accredited training on Hasselblad medium format cameras and Broncolor lighting as well as the opportunity to shoot with them.

Karl will reveal some of the most effective lighting techniques and modifiers for this genre, as well as give you a greater understanding of the process and preparation for a variety of different product and client shoots. This course will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the requirements of professional level commercial photography as well is giving you the confidence to expand this area of your business.

Over 4 days we will look at a multitude of shooting scenarios including liquids in motion, luxury watches, alcohol beverages, water tank shots, pack shots, sunglasses, cosmetics, perfumes and more. Through these practical demonstrations you will discover the techniques and equipment required to transform the mundane into the magical. This course will also include a solid overview of the post-production Photoshop techniques required to polish the final images to the standards required for high profile advertising.

Advertising Photography Workshop

Approximate Schedule

(Times may differ depending on the complexity of each shoot)

Day 1

Arrival and introductions 9:30
An overview of the course 10:00

Presentation / slideshow
Session 1: The practicalities and planning of a shoot 10:15
Session 2: Working to a client brief
Session 3: The concept & aesthetics of the shoot

Lunch Break 12:00

Practical demonstrations
Session 4: Lighting design and effect 13:00
Session 5: Practical examples of pack shots 14:00
Session 6: Sunglasses product shoot 15:30

7:30pm - Evening Meal with Karl Taylor & Team

Day 2

Arrival 9:30
Session 7: Equipment knowledge and overview 10:00
Session 8: Rim Light wine and glass shoot 11:00
Session 9: Whisky bottle and set shoot 12:00

Lunch Break 13:00

Session 9: continued
Session 10: Moving liquid shoot 14:30
Session 11: Vodka floating on water with splashes shoot 16:00
Session 12: Cosmetics on water floating shoot 17:00

Day 3

Arrival 9:00
Session 13: Luxury watches on black set shoot 9:30
Session 14: Luxury watches on props shoot 11:00

Lunch Break 13:00

Session 15: Ink in water tank with product shoot 14:00
Session 16: Chocolate & Coffee shoot / lighting emotion* 16:00
* time permitting


Day 4

Arrival 9:00
Team Assignments
Session 17a: Luxury leather handbag (team 1) 9:30
Session 17b: Luxury leather shoes (team 2) 9:30
Debrief and overview of each teams work 12:30

Lunch Break 13:00

Time permitting this afternoon will comprise mostly the post-production, Photoshop retouching techniques for advertising images. This schedule may vary depending on the group requirements and the progress of the images on days 1-3.

Learn professional Adobe Photoshop techniques at this workshop

Photoshop techniques

Session 18: Image organisation and preparation 13:30
Session 19: Compositing
Session 20: Repair work
Session 21: texture and smoothing
Session 22: Colour and tone
Session 23: Contrast and sharpening
Session 24: Final considerations
Session 25: Output of final images and supply considerations

Advertising Photography Workshop Costs

Workshop price: £2495 (USD $3695) per person
Max students: 9
Course Duration: 4 days
Course Date: 1st - 4th November, 2016

Course includes:

  • Each student will have the opportunity to shoot images for their own portfolio.
  • Transport provided to and from our approved partner hotel
  • All Lunches 
  • One evening meal 
  • Teas, coffees, soft drinks and snacks

Course does not include:

  • Travel or accommodation – Please see below for further details and options

Plus, your workshop will include:

  • You will learn directly with Karl Taylor.
  • Karl spends "one to one" time with all students.
  • Enjoy your own individual shooting time.
  • You can bring your portfolio with you for review by Karl.
  • Take your pictures home for your own portfolio.
  • Intimate group numbers help to create a fun and relaxed learning environment.
  • Meet and network with other like minded photographers and creatives.
  • Get your questions answered by Karl and the team.
  • Experience a professional level studio and get confident using all the equipment. (This will help you when renting or purchasing kit in the future.)
  • Rapidly improve the day to day running of your photography business with key skills.
  • Save literally years of photography trial and error by working and learning from a top professional.
  • Join Karl Taylor and his team - get ready for an Incredible trip and photography experience.




What makes Karl Taylor’s workshops unique?

Karl Taylor Photography Studio and Workshops

There’s a real excitement surrounding Karl Taylor’s name in the world of photography. His innate ability to explain simply even the most complex photography techniques, has led to a huge following of over 750,000 people on the internet. His 20 year career creating dynamic and striking images also ensures he works regularly for some of the world’s top businesses, giving each workshop participant an enviable experience and knowledge that you can only digest from someone in Karl’s position. You can be sure that a workshop with Karl, in person at his studio, will be an exciting unique and educational opportunity not to be missed.

With Karl Taylor as your personal instructor, you know you will be learning from the very best! Karl is globally recognised as a leader in teaching photography - so much so, corporate leaders Adobe, Hasselblad and Broncolor put their trust in his skills to impart photography knowledge.

Unlike other instructors, Karl chooses to continue working as a professional photographer for a selection of blue-chip companies. Your workshop will be in this very same environment. Learn in a fully equipped studio and see exactly how a professional photographer at the top of his game “gets the job done”.

Your photography education and workshop experience is in very safe hands!

The Karl Taylor workshop experience.

The Channel Islands are a stunning and incredible group of Islands just 35mins flight from London. The central island of Guernsey, where Karl was born and chooses to make his home, is located between England and France in the bay of Normandy. It is a thriving hub for business and tourism and has one of the world’s most picturesque harbours bestrewn with a collection of fabulous restaurants with views towards the historic 13th century Castle Cornet.

Guernsey St Peter Port

To ensure your experience is as care free as possible, we can offer a transfer from the airport to our approved luxurious partner hotel, as well as transport each day from the approved hotel to Karl’s nearby fully equipped studio. Aside from the abundance of high quality photography and studio equipment at your disposal there are also hot & cold drink facilities, food & snacks, washrooms (including disabled access) and a stunning relaxing kitchen and lounge breakout area.

With a maximum of only 8 to 14 participants on each workshop, Karl ensures that he and his team give you a high level of personal training. Guaranteeing you an incredible experience and stunning photography for you to personally capture and take home. Whilst our workshops aim to provide the highest level of knowledge and training we also want to ensure that you enjoy your experience with us like no other workshop can provide.

Guernsey Airport and Bella Luce Hotel

Whether you are looking to improve your photography for your business or are quite simply excited about expanding your passion for photography on a holiday experience, Karl Taylor’s new workshops offer an unparalleled opportunity to work with one of the most respected in the industry and expand your photography ability.


Getting to our island studio is quick and simple!

Karl Taylor's studio in Guernsey is a quick flight or boat trip from the mainland.

Getting over to Guernsey is a quick trip from the mainland by boat or plane! Despite its size, the island of Guernsey is actually a leading international finance centre and therefore extremely well connected with regular daily flights and boats from England and France.

If you're planning on crossing by boat you can make your workshop experience a real holiday by bringing your car. If you're flying over and wish for freedom beyond our included airport & hotel shuttle there is a fantastic island bus and local taxi service. Guernsey is an absolutely stunning location so I highly recommend you take advantage of your stay to view some truly stunning seascapes.

Travel services from England and France to Guernsey include:, or

Where to stay on your workshop.

When it comes to hotel accommodation, there is a huge variety to choose from in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Whether you prefer a boutique hotel in our rural parishes, five star luxury or a more bespoke friendly family-run hotel, Guernsey hoteliers go the extra mile to make your holiday memorable from the moment you arrive. You could be waking up in a hotel room just a stone's throw from our sandy beaches on the west coast, stepping out onto a balcony overlooking the majestic cliffs to the south or in the tranquility of one of our sister islands. There is a range of three-star and four-star Guernsey hotels, as well as one five-star establishment in St Peter Port. Whether you prefer to be in the heart of the town, or in the tranquil countryside, there are plenty of hotels in Guernsey that will offer what you are seeking, plus more.

Guernsey St Peter Port

Hotel de Havelet is one of our more established Guernsey hotels and the Bella Luce Hotel is a boutique hotel near our studio

Karl Taylor

Karl Taylor is a world-renowned commercial and advertising photographer as well as a highly respected photography instructor.

Working in the industry for nearly 20 years reinforces Karl’s ability to explain even the most complex areas of photography in an easy and entertaining format. His pro training is highly sought after and as well as his own highly acclaimed training series, Karl works as an instructor for Hasselblad and as a consultant to other key areas of the industry.

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Workshop Total price: £2495 (USD $3695) per person
Max students: 9
Course Duration: 4 days
Course Date: 1st - 4th November, 2016.