Shoot Studio Quality Images Even Without Any Studio Lighting

One of the worst myths in the photography industry is about how high quality gear is required in order to produce high quality results. This mostly nonsense and as you develop your skills within the industry, you'll quickly realize how gear, in general, has little to do with the quality of results you can produce. 

Karl Taylor is one of my favorite studio photographers and if you look at his work, it's pretty obvious why. He consistently produces incredible results and due to this, he's managed to work his way up to the top tier in the industry. One of the benefits of being an in-demand photographer is that you have access to some of the most expensive camera and lighting equipment on the market. Equipment like the Hasselblad H6D 100c are a common sight in Taylors studio and this has lead some critics to accuse him of only being good because of the kind of equipment he shoots with. This obviously nonsense and in a previous video, he clearly demonstrated how even with budget lighting gear you can produce brilliant quality results. 

In his latest video, Taylor takes this a step further and demonstrates how even without any kind of studio lighting, you can produce studio quality results. Taylor demonstrates several useful methods in the video which I think lots of photographers could benefit from. 

Check out the full video to see how Taylor produces brilliant results despite any gear limitations. 

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5 Comments

Ivan Lantsov's picture

has rolex?

Mike Ditz's picture

"One of the worst myths in the photography industry is about how high quality gear is required in order to produce high quality results. This mostly nonsense and as you develop your skills within the industry, you'll quickly realize how gear, in general, has little to do with the quality of results you can produce. "

Of course buying better gear will not magically make better photos (except when it does)
Why is almost every high end studio filled with high end gear? Why does Karl use a MFDB and Profoto?
Just for the tax write off?
A photographer's skill probably is reflected in their selection of gear.
Most people buy nicer gear as they improve their skills, Very few keep using low end gear forever.

Usman Dawood's picture

Generally speaking, better quality gear simply makes the job easier. Nine out of ten times, it's about workflow. Gear can't make you a better photographer but it can make your job easier.

Bert McLendon's picture

Well said! That is the main reason for sure!

James Jones's picture

With just budget stuff off amazon and a minor edits only in Lightroom, I was able to take this with one picture. It definitely doesn’t take professional gear to get good results, but it can help.