Karina Sharpe's Benchtop Photography workshop


My go-to class to radically upgrade your object photography; regardless of ability, gear or industry.
Full of clear explanations & live demos, this is the class that will give you all the missing keys to creating beautiful imagery.

Does your gig rely on images to operate or be successful? Do you spend waaaaay too long trying to capture something good, only to be left exhausted or miserable at the end?

Enough with the struggle.

I want to get you out of that painful loop and show you how to always get your shot.

Benchtop Photography Workshop by Karina Sharpe

My Benchtop Photography workshop has been designed to teach the art of image-making in a step-by-step approach. This method can be applied to all products & objects; from all industries; in any aesthetic; and is independent of camera-type or skill-level.

3 hrs / $230

The 3 hr session is broken into two components.


This is, in my opinion, the missing key in most image-making exercises, and the most rewarding & unique aspects of this class. With this knowledge on your side, dull images will be pretty much impossible.


This is my step-by-step approach to building an image from the ground up.  Rather than merely styling, this part of the class focuses on distinct techniques for achieving brand-specific aesthetics and visual tones. With this methodology, you can bypass aimlessness & overwhelm, and start making content that speaks more fully of what you have to say.


– so you can stop being held back by poor imagery, or no imagery.

– because your time is too valuable for faffing.

– because image-making skills are as important an investment as your branding.

– so you can flourish, rather than endure.

– so you can create & own your own content and stop paying for external content creation.

– so you can create a distinctive ‘voice’ for your brand and differentiate yourself from your competitors.

– so you can maintain a truly cohesive visual landscape between website and social media – a major aspect of audience confidence.

– so you can be light savvy – styling alone will not save you.

  1. The light-object relationship that produces amazing still photography every time – plus what to avoid.
  2. How to capture almost any object beautifully, without expensive gear.
  3. How to prevent objects from looking ‘flat’, and how-to emphasis (or minimise) material attributes like textures, surfaces, grooves, folds, frills, gloss and overlaps.
  4. How to wield light to drive your aesthetic.
  5. How to work successfully with shadows, and why they are important.
  6. How to read the natural light in your working environment (home/office/studio) plus methods for dealing with challenging lighting conditions.
  7. How to build an effective image from scratch – effortlessly.
  8. How to design a repeatably consistent brand message with just 3-4 elements.
  9. How to be of double-value and earn increased loyalty.
  10. How to be technically clever and avoid common oversights.

This workshop is most relevant for people needing to photograph still objects and arrangements for product business and brands, craft practises, creative industries, food industries, and the blogsphere. It is not as relevant for portrait or landscape photography.
This workshop is designed for all skill levels and does not require any technical camera experience. The teaching is relevant regardless of equipment and is suitable for both smart phone users and those with professional cameras – so don’t hold off booking just because you think you need the proper gear – you don’t.

This workshop is theoretical based, rather than hands-on, and is taught predominately through live demonstrations. The content is established via a flatlay orientation first, and then expanded to cover front-on orientations.

The workshop runs for 3 hrs, with 2 components with a short break in-between. Light refreshments will be available.

I arrived to a stunning location for Karina’s workshop that was a perfect space to set the mood for a creative day. Karina was warm + welcoming and so calm – you can tell she has a true passion for her conceptual art. Through the first half of the workshop we learnt about lighting + shadow of objects and this was actually quite mind blowing, the way each piece is enhanced + how a whole photograph can be transformed using her tricks is really quite amazing, but so simple. This by far was my favourite part of the day + worth every cent. Although I felt like I already had a good knowledge of flat-lay photography, I definitely learnt a lot that I could take away and use in my business + for this I am very grateful I went along to Karina’s workshop. It was wonderful to watch Karina using her talent + learning her skills along the way. It really was a great day + I would highly recommend it to business owners + creatives or anyone looking for a unique event. // Shyanne Clarke, founder + sparkle chaser at www.printsea.net

Karina’s knowledge about light and shadow, and composition is informative and so easy to put into practice. Her insights into what makes an image work visually has had a dramatic impact on how I photograph flat lays. I now look at my subject/s differently (before I even pick up my camera). Karina’s Benchtop Photography workshop rocked my world in a wonderful way. // Leah Deighton, of the beautiful instagram feed @suchwildgrace

After completing both the Benchtop Photography and Poetic Collage workshops, I walked away with more knowledge than I thought possible. Each workshop was informative, visual and hands on. I am now confident in presenting my imagery and my creativity has reached a whole new level! Thanks Karina. // Belinda Saunders, owner of the blog Kindred Spirits and amazing instagram feed of the same name @kindredspirits

Karina’s Benchtop Photography workshop was everything I wanted and more! The fun and informative workshop gave me the knowledge I needed to achieve the perfect benchtop images for my products, website and social media. Karina’s easy to follow guide, fun props and creative atmosphere was a fun day I’d recommend to anyone looking to expand their photography skills. // Carmel Boyd, Interior Designer & Stylist, owner of the blog Carmel Louise and EcoSoy Candle Company Penny Lane Candle Co

I thoroughly enjoyed the creative experience of Karina’s Benchtop Photography class. The atmosphere was relaxed + casual and the group small which ensured no-one got lost in the crowd. Karina is a great teacher, explaining the objectives clearly and simply and there were plenty of ‘light bulb’ moments for me…and I’m pretty sure, for everyone. The class was divided into two sessions with time at the end of each session to put the techniques learned into practice which, I think, is a great way to retain information. I would highly recommend this class to anyone wanting to further develop their skills in lighting and styling for photography. // Lindy Sherwell, Photographer at Seven Seas Photography.

I got so much from Karina’s workshop that I have been able to implement. As a a novice photograper/blogger equipped only with my iPhone, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I could continue using this device AND make beautiful images. No running out to buy a DSLR the next day! Karina’s delivery was straightforward, inspiring and intuitive. The intimate class size made for a pleasant morning. // Tara Bruin, owner of the inspirational blog One Fine Grain-free Day.



WEDNESDAY MARCH 21st, 10am-1pm
Common Collective, Maroochydore


SUNDAY MARCH 25th, 9:30am-12:30pm
Newstead Studios, 22 Ross St, Newstead