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Blending Art and Advertising Photography

Layered Shadowbox Cosmetic Photography Workshop #79

Blending Art and Advertising, layered shadowbox cosmetic photography workshop

This is a product photography tutorial for the Professional Interactive Education Program, Workshop #79

Last month, we explored high-concept-style imagery that is often used in advertising. This month, we paired up with professional stylist Olena Lytynska, an artist, set designer and professional image consultant with decades of experience in fashion and marketing, to create a stunning cosmetics composition that blends art with advertising.

We worked with Olena to create a layered shadowbox composition similar to those you may have seen in high-end advertising campaigns. Shadowbox art is used to display all manner of creative, mixed media compositions. Combining art and advertising with this approach resulted in a cool in-camera design that was fun to create while posing some unique photography challenges along the way. Our final result has a somewhat Asian flare, but you can take your composition in any direction that suits your collection of products the best and helps tell their story.

As a professional photographer, you can reap great benefits from our workshops that you can immediately apply to your own commercial work. As a student of photography looking to expand your technical and creative skills, you’ll find our workshops are the perfect way to gain hands-on experience across the spectrum of product photography.

Your instructors for this workshop are Alex Koloskov and Artem Pissarevskiy. They will explain:

  1. How to overcome both photography and post-production-related challenges when working with a layered shadowbox composition.
  2. How to set up the necessary framework for this creative composition and build each layer.
  3. What studio lights and modifiers to use and how to use them for dramatic effects in a small studio.
  4. What final steps need to be made for the best in-camera results.
  5. How to use your editing software, such as Adobe Photoshop, to create the final image.

Enjoy our previous product photography workshops:

Deadline for homework submission: March 12, 2020

The date of the live review: March 12th, 2020 | 1pm PST

Meet your instructors


Alex Koloskov

Alex is one of the worlds best commercial advertising photographers, co-founder, and teacher at

He is also the man behind Photigy’s most popular courses and tireless idea generator


Artem Pissarevskiy

Artem is a 23 years old retoucher from Finland, he’s been working in the post-production field for about 4 years. He sees himself as more technically skilled retoucher than artistic, specializing mostly in product and creative retouch and enjoy problem-solving as it is a huge part of the post-production process

In-Studio Photography Tutorial

Post-Production Tutorial

Before-After the post-production

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