In our State of the Blog Address, we asked you what you want to see more of on PetaPixel, and one of the suggestions that came up most often was Tutorials, Behind the Scenes videos and other helpful educational content like that.
Well, we were listening. And so, we invite you to spend 15 minutes this lovely Friday watching professional photographer Karl Taylor at work in his studio.
Behind the scenes videos like this have a ton of educational value. When you watch a master at work, many of their mannerisms, techniques and (on occasion) tricks are revealed. From something as simple as Taylor’s style of giving directions to his model to the gear he’s using and how he’s chosen to light the scene, there’s something to pick up on for beginners and pros alike.
You can find out a ton more about the shoot and the specific lighting setups Taylor used over on his blog here (and we highly recommend you do so if you liked the BTS video). While there, you’ll also get a chance to browse through the final shots and see how everything turned out.
But just in case you don’t have time to go read that, you should know that the overall message amounts to “it takes a village…” From the stylists, to the assistants, to the model, Taylor is able to realize the full potential of his creativity and skill because he’s surrounded by a fantastic team. And that’s a lesson worth learning many times over.