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Free Kick-In Product Photography Starter Course

This course is for both total beginners as well as those who have photographic skills – even with some product photography, who want to learn the proper way to develop their craft. You will learn step-by-step how to photograph a glass of ice tea by using essential techniques that you will need as a studio photographer.

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Everything you need to know to start in commercial studio product photography

Instructor: Alex Koloskov & Genia Larionova

This course – Kick-In Product Photography Course for Beginners is a free course that will not only show you the basics of product photography, but it will also give you an idea of the quality of training that you will find if you want to pursue the more advanced courses that are offered here on

The course is broken down into three parts.

  • The first part looks at all of the gear that you will need to successfully photograph products. This does not mean high end gear, but rather the fundamental items to take quality images that you can use to build a portfolio.
  • Part two takes you into the studio to use this equipment.
  • Part three looks at what it takes to finish a product shot in Adobe Photoshop.

You will learn how these images were created:

Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time: 3hr 36min 

Level: Advanced

Part 1: Gear for Studio Product Photography: – 1hr : 16min

  • Cameras: - 17min

    explores the kind of cameras needed for product photography. While many modern cameras can be used, here you will find the minimum requirements that are needed to be able to control the look of your images.

  • Lenses: - 10min

    are really more important than features of the camera and here you will see what to look for in your lenses to create really great shots.

  • Studio Lighting: - 24min

    is what illuminates your image and can bring out the best in the product. Here you will learn about different ways to light your subject.



  • Studio Light Modifiers: - 16min

    are the single most important part of product photography because this is what you use to paint the light on your subject and bring out the details that make your image shine.

  • The Conclusion: - 12min

    summarizes what you have learned so far.

  • Bonus: List of Gear for a Studio Photographer: - PDF file

    with a gear list for you to use when selecting equipment.

Part 2: Practical Work in the Studio: – 1hr : 24min

  • Behind the Scene of a Product Shot: - 56min

    takes you on a walk-through the shooting of a glass of ice tea. Here you will see the basics of building a lighting set up to create a very high quality product shot.



  • Tricks and Tips: How to Create a Gradient Reflection with a Large Softbox: - 14min

    looks at how to create gradient reflections – transitions between dark and light areas that can really make your images pop.

  • DYI LED Lighting for Studio Photography: What You Can Do with $30 LED Bulbs: - 11min

    now takes a look at how to use low cost LED bulbs to create quality product shots. These can use when you are just starting out in product photography on a budget or for use in particular situations. Here you will learn how to set up and control the power of LED lights when using them to shoot a vase of flowers.



  • DYI LED Lighting Chrome Kitchenware Shot: - 4min

    takes the LED lighting and shoots a tea kettle which can be quite challenging because of all the reflective surfaces.

  • DYI LED Lighting in Jewelry Photography: - 10min

    finishes this shoot by creating a shot of a jewelry bracelet using LED lighting.



Part 3: Post- Production – with Genia Larionova: – 47min

  • Post-Production: – 47min

    finishes up the course by taking you through the post-production process of completing a professional product shot. Here you will see from start to finish the cleanup work on the ice tea shot.



In Kick-In Product Photography Course for Beginners you will learn the basic skills of product photography that you can take with you for free. You will also learn valuable lessons that you can use should you choose to continue your education at

You will come to understand how light interacts with a product and how you can mold that light so that you can get it to successfully highlight your product. Best of all, at the end of the lesson, you will have a new portfolio piece that you can proudly display to your clients.

Course lessons

Part 1: Gear for Studio Product Photography
17 minutes
10 minutes
Studio Lighting
23 minutes
Studio Light Modifiers
15 minutes
The Conclusion
11 minutes
Bonus: List of Gear for a Studio Photographer
10 minutes
Practical Work in a Studio
Behind the Scene of a Product Shot
56 minutes
Tricks and Tips: How to create a gradient reflection with large softbox
14 minutes
DIY LED Lighting for Studio Photography: What you can do with $30 LED bulbs
11 minutes
DIY LED lighting: Chrome kitchenware shot
4 minutes
DIY LED Lighting in Jewelry Photography
9 minutes
Post-Production (Retouching) in Adobe Photoshop
46 minutes

Course Reviews

  1. Profile photo of Gareth Gareth says:

    Excellent kick in course
    I am confident after watching the videos that the other courses will be just as superb if not better! Thank you Alex for sharing your knowledge.

  2. A few issues
    Good course. Just a couple of things I noticed.

    1. Videos 3 and 4 are reversed.
    2. The beginning of Part 5 says Part 4 on the video.

    Other than that, it’s a great course and helpful. Thanks Alex!

  3. Profile photo of DCooper DCooper says:

    Fantastic Free Starter Course
    With the Glass product shot, Alex involves me in the process each step of the shoot so I feel confident when practicing taking the photograph that I can achieve fantastic results. He is easy to follow and has a wealth of information at his disposal.

    I highly recommend this course for beginners who want to know what equipment to buy, before rushing out and spending a fortune. Alex’s teaching style proves that anyone who wants to be a product photographer can get learn the skills and get great shots.

  4. Profile photo of DCooper DCooper says:

    Fantastic Free Starter Course
    Alex involves me in the process each step of the shoot so Ifeel

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