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Starting in Studio Photography is the first in a three part series of workshops that will provide the basics of studio photography. While this is primarily geared toward the beginner student, there are a lot of fundamental techniques that will also benefit those who are already working to create product photography images that may not have acquired all of the subtle techniques that can take them to the next level. 

Photigy Online Workshop: Starting In Studio Photography: Part 1, Understanding Lighting

Instructor: Alex Koloskov

Chanel Bleu by Alex KoloskovThis course breaks down the fundamentals of studio photography and helps to build a strong foundation of basic photography skills. You will start by looking at the essential gear that you need to begin your professional career in photography.

Keep in mind that it’s not about the brand of the gear, but rather about having equipment that is good enough to get the job done.

Product and studio photography have more to do with the directing light than with fancy features of the camera or lenses. Light and the ability to control it is what will make the difference in your images.


Once you get to know your gear, you will start learning how to create backgrounds for the shoot. This is the first step in creating a scene where you’ll showcase your product. Next, you will learn about gradients and how they add depth to your image, and make your product stand out from the background.

Depending on the product, the ability to add/enhance its texture will also provide additional depth to the image. Finally, we’ll talk about reflection refraction; this is particularly important when you are trying to work with liquids and transparent objects such as bottles and glasses.

Learn About the gear needed for the course:

This course is now a part of

The Complete Guide To Product Photography Course

Certificate from photigy photography school

Course Completion Certificate Included:

After successfully finishing this course you will be issued with a professional certificate from Photigy Photography School.

Professional certification shows potential clients that you are committed to your profession and are well-trained.It gives them confidence in your abilities because it proves that your skills have been evaluated and approved by a well-regarded professional organization.

Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time: 3hr 56min

Level: Beginner 

Part 1: Introduction –29:47 –

  • Gear for Studio Photography: Cameras and Lenses: - 14:32

    In this section, we’ll talk about important aspects of creating high-quality images: gear, light, etc. You’ll also learn camera settings you need for shooting in a studio.

  • Gear for Studio Photography: Lighting: - 15:15

    In this part, we’ll talk about light. We’ll cover both continuous and strobe lighting, and discuss their pros and cons. You’ll also find out about lenses and their types. In the end, we’ll look at light modifiers and how you can use them most effectively in studio photography.

Part 2: Background – 51:20 –

  • Backgrounds in Product Studio Photography: Part 1: - 10:24

    In this part, we’ll talk about backgrounds and why they’re important in studio photography. We’ll show you different ways of creating various backgrounds using light, reflection, and texture. Furthermore, will discuss the ways they can affect your photos.

  • Understanding and Creating Gradients: Part 2 (Practice): - 25:53

    We’ll walk you step-by-step through the process of creating and understanding gradients in the studio product photography.
    You will learn how to use it for both shiny subjects, as well as matte surfaces. In addition, we’ll show you how to handle a situation when you have an object that combines both of these characteristics..

  • Backgrounds in Product Studio Photography: Part 3 (Practice): - 13:40

    Here we discuss bokeh background, and what tools to use to achieve the best effect.

  • Backgrounds in Product Studio Photography: Part 4 (Practice): - 05:47 –

    We’ll show you how to use materials, such as fabric, to create a background and how light can help you bring out the texture in your shots.

Part 3: Gradient – 33:59 –

  • Understanding and Creating Gradients: Part 1: - 08:06

    Examines what gradients are and why they are needed for professional product photography. In this section, Alex shows you different types of gradients and then he explains why they are so important to understand and use in your work. Finally, he will show you the basics of creating a gradient.

  • Backgrounds in Product Studio Photography: Part 2 (Practice): - 21:29

    This is a practice session, where you will see how to create a backgrounds for shooting in a studio. You will start by learning about different surfaces you can use for shooting products, as well as optimal lightning set up.

Part 4: Reflections – 36:26 –

  • Understanding Reflections: Part 1: - 18:37

    We’ll help you to understand the way reflections work, so you can better control the look of your subject whether it is glossy, matte, or a combination of both.

  • Understanding Reflections: Part 2 (Practice): - 17:49

    Time for a hands-on experience in a studio, to learn how to manipulate reflections.

Part 5: Texture– 39:54 –

  • Textures in Product Photography: Part 1: - 11:00 -

    This part will explain what texture is, will give you examples of different textures, and the best ways to capture them. You will also see how shadows and highlights affect the look of the picture.

  • Textures in Product Photography: Part 2 (Practice): - 28:54 –

    This unit will show you practical examples of shooting texture in a studio. You will also see how using reflectors can damage it in certain situations.

Part 6: Refractions – 45:28 –

  • Refractions in Studio Photography: Part 1: - 12:01 –

    We’ll examine the refraction of light. And will look at things you need to be aware of when dealing with glass and liquids.

  • Refractions in Studio Photography: Part 2 (Practice): - 09:36 –

    This is a practical part of the section. We’ll be shooting a glass filled with water. Alex will show how a glass of water can act as a lens and what troubles this could cause.

  • Refractions in Studio Photography: Part 3 (Practice): - 15:43 –

    Now we’ll discuss how refraction works with reflection. You will work with a couple of objects to see how refraction affects each of them.

  • Refractions in Studio Photography: Part 4 (Practice): - 08:08 –

    In the final part, Alex will show you how to use the knowledge that you have learned about refraction to be creative with your shots. You will  also see how to create a unique gradient.


  • When I have a question or troubles with getting a shot, can I ask the instructor for help?

    – Yes! As a course student, you will be a part of a private group and forum, where you can ask instructor any questions and/or post your results for the review. We encourage you to participate in this group!

This course is now a part of

The Complete Guide To Product Photography Course

Course Curriculum

Gear for Studio Photography: Cameras and Lenses FREE 00:15:00
Gear for Studio Photography: Lighting 00:16:00
Backgrounds in product studio photography part1 00:11:00
Backgrounds in product studio photography (part2) 00:22:00
Backgrounds in product studio photography (part3) 00:14:00
Backgrounds in product studio photography (part4) 00:06:00
Understanding and Creating Gradients (part1) 00:20:00
Understanding and Creating Gradients (part2, practice) 00:25:00
Understanding Reflections (part 1) 00:19:00
Understanding Reflections (part 2, practice) 00:18:00
Textures In Product Photography (part 1) 00:11:00
Textures In Product Photography (part 2, practice) 00:29:00
Refractions In Studio Photography (part 1) 00:12:00
Refractions In Studio Photography (part 2, practice) 00:10:00
Refractions In Studio Photography (part 3, practice) 00:16:00
Refractions In Studio Photography (part 4, practice) 00:08:00
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