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This is a course for newcomers to Studio Basics program on Photigy, photographers who just starting learning studio photography and looking for a guidance on where to start.

You’ll find in this course tutorials from Studio Basics Library, grouped into sections and in the order that we recommend to go through.

About the Course

This course is for you, if you:

  • Looking for a fast and simple way to start taking photos of still life subjects in the studio
  • Do not have much experience in studio product/liquid/jewelry photography
  • Looking forward to buy a necessary gear for your first studio setup and unsure where to start
  • Member of Studio Basics program
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.

This course is available for Pro Club members

To apply for this course, please signup to Pro Club membership below. Once subscribed, you will be signed for this course for free and keep access to it while remaining an active subscription.

Course Breakdown:

Total Running Time:  3.5h hours

Level:  Beginner 





Course Curriculum

Choosing a right equipment for a studio photographer 02:00:00
Camera and Lens Selection Basics for Studio Beginners 00:19:00
How to setup your camera for studio photography 00:30:00
Lighting techniques
The 3 Most Popular Light Modifiers You Must Master 00:11:00
101 Studio Lighting: Glossy vs Matte subjects in studio photography 00:14:00
Professional photography without professional equipment: myth and reality 00:00:00
JPEG vs. RAW Basics for Studio Photographers 00:17:00

Course Reviews


32 ratings
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  1. Profile photo of Focas

    Great course for beginners as well as for more advanced


    I’m new to photigy but not new to photography, but I watched the course anyway. For beginners it is all very well explained and for more advanced photographers is also very interesting because everything you learned in the beginning of your photography career gets repeated, or it makes you remember some things that you think about every day, and that isn’t a bad thing. Especially when you go to the more advanced stuff here on Photigy.

  2. Profile photo of Paweł

    Great starter


    This course is a great starter to organize knowledge and obtain basics of studio photography.

  3. Profile photo of Persona

    Very basic yet not sooo basic


    Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for this gift.
    I ran the course in one sitting. Very interesting. As others have said elsewhere, it’s a great refresher, but I’ll add that overall it’s a bit more than that. I did take a few notes though, regarding gear.
    Thank you Alex and team.

  4. Profile photo of Yi-Chen Chiang

    Good stuff to begin for beginners!


    I’ve actually known some basic info. mentioned in the course but it’s refreshing to hear the explanations from the instructors. Before watching, I had some questions about the gears and I found my answers here. I might not be able to upgrade my gears to a full line but I think I know the direction, will gradually invest in it. Sounds the diffuser is the king! so much about the lighting and so much need to play with to find out what’s happening.

  5. Profile photo of Mark Denman

    Great foundation for beginners


    I’m not a beginner, but its always good to review. This is a perfect course for someone who is just navigating their way through all of this. Very well put together. Well done!

  6. Profile photo of Ben Muffett



    Really enjoyed this course, some of it I knew but some very important gems of information that will be invaluable!

  7. Profile photo of

    Good start with the basics but should improve


    The difference between direct reflections, diffuse reflections and glare not mentioned. The photographer take the reflections of light. So each reflection should be explained throughly. The module focuses on direct reflections only. Which is very restricting. There should be a clear definition of specular higlight, specular edge transfer and shadow edge transfer. This things are just called gradient. Not enough for a paid course. Other information about camera settings, lens effects is decent

  8. Profile photo of Thomas

    Great review for any level of photographer.

  9. Profile photo of Mika Larson

    Great intro course to product photography in studio


    This was my first course on Photigy, and even though it was mostly information and not too much shooting, I learned a lot! Looking forward to more courses.

  10. Profile photo of Tom

    Nice starting point with some good exercises


    I have used speedlights for years and now am starting with Studio Strobes. Found this a practical starting course for adding a new skill set.

  11. Profile photo of Catarina João

    Great first experience


    I’ve just subscribe to Photigy Pro Club and this is my firts course. In such a short amount of time I’ve already learned so much! It’s really inspiring to know that to be a photographer, all you have to do is just practice. Yes, the equiment is very important, but it’s not everything! The most important thing is the photographer. Thank you all, you are fabulous instructors.

  12. Profile photo of Stefania

    really good basics course


    It’s an excellent course for beginners with clear explanations and hints.

  13. Profile photo of

    Great Intro to light modifiers


    Great little introduction to different light modifiers and how objects of high reflectance look when lit by them

  14. Profile photo of jserrano29

    Studio Basics starter course


    This is a very informative and insightful course for those just getting started in studio photography. Lots of good, practical information here, with valuable links to other resources where appropriate.

  15. Profile photo of Yaroslav Luk'yanchenko

    Many useful information for beginners.


    I really like 1st and 3rd part of this curse! Especially 1st. So much interesting info. 3rd will give you an answer of how to “freeze” water correct.
    Other parts are good too, but explained not too much. But it’s only a start, right? ;)

    Thank you guys for your job!

  16. Profile photo of Miguel

    The basics!

    A must have for a studio photographer, from zero to the stars ;)

  17. Profile photo of Alicja

    Must have for every beginner


    I’ve got proper arrangement in thinking about such complex task as product photography, its amazing knowledge for me and very inspiring!

  18. Profile photo of Maurice

    great course

    i learned many new things i cant wait for the next course!!

  19. Profile photo of Maria Firpi

    Very useful and beneficial.


    My favorite one was the difference between shooting the glossy object vs. the matte one. So well explained. I think it’s great to always have the basics explained.

  20. Profile photo of Ramon

    A little to beginner.


    Good basics throughout. The difference between diffuser types and the differences they can make in product photography v.s portrait was very useful. Lesson 1 in my opinion should be reshot and made shorter by going to the point on various subjects.

  21. Profile photo of Manu

    Good starting point.


    A very good introduction for beginners not only in product photography, in general photography too. Although I’m not new in photgraphy it’s been great for me to review some concepts. Want more…!

  22. Profile photo of Mechelle Yates

    Loved this course!


    I am amazed at how much I have learned. Thank you for all the valuable information.

  23. Profile photo of michael

    Great intruductory course


    Great Info for someone starting out. Tons of great information for a beginner!

  24. Profile photo of Asmaa



    good information .. for beginner,I like it and happy with course.
    Thanks .

  25. Profile photo of Salim

    Great Course for beginner


    This course covered all the basics in studio equipment and product photography in Professional way …. and also is good for refresh …. Thanks photigy

  26. Profile photo of Roland

    Great intruductory course


    This course gives good overview what product photography is about. You get basic understanding how to use camera and lights. Some areas can be explained bit more in-depth. For example bit more information about how light works could be useful. But in overall I’m happy with course. Good refresher for me.

  27. Profile photo of FREDENIM

    Good introduction


    Good informations, not very new to me because I started product protagraphy 2 month ago with free tutorials on Photigy and youtube. Something interisting is the use of macro lenses, that I didn’t take into account. For the moment I can practice without this type of lens but I understand will be useful in the future.

  28. Profile photo of songy knox

    Very informative


    Splash work always used to baffle me. Now with Tim’s explanation, it makes all sense. Not a newbie in studio work but this basic stuff was worth watching. Thanks!

  29. Profile photo of Rainer

    Wonderfull summary


    Now i like to begin product photography. Since I already have done some porträts I have a lot of this lightning stuff.

  30. Profile photo of Rob Nelson

    Good intro


    A good introduction and covered all the basics, quite liked the video on shutter speeds and the water splashes to demonstrate camera settings.

  31. Profile photo of

    Good start


    Some useful tips in here. A good start, but looking forward to getting to more advanced topics

  32. Profile photo of Mark

    Easy, thank you.


    Thank you. A little too basic for me but still some pointers that I gained. Looking forward to the next instalments

  33. Profile photo of dduholke

    Well explained basics.


    Great explanation of basic topics along with supporting video made for an interesting course.

  34. Profile photo of Linda Mandy

    Great course, one step closer


    Great easy to follow video’s, one step closer to building a business in Studio Photography

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