Kick-In Product Photography Starter Course

Kick-In Product Photography Starter Course
Product photography is something new to me. So I've been searching the web for free online courses on the subject. Kick-In Product Photography Starter Course by Alex Koloskov and Genia Larionova will help you get started.

The photographic subject for this course is a cup of ice tea with a lemon wedge. Koloskov begins the first part of the course discussing equipment you will need to start studio product photography. His covers the range of camera choices and the importance of using the correct lenses. Next he discusses the two types of lighting used in the studio, including their pros and cons. He finishes part one by covering his favorite reflectors and diffusers.

In the second part of the course, Koloskov gives the viewer a walk-through of his lighting setup. He starts with one background light and a glass of tea and adds more lights one at a time to show the principles of lighting. For the next few subjects, a vase of flowers, a kettle and a jewelry bracelet, Koloskov demonstrates his setup for continuous lighting using LED bulb lights and DIY light modifiers.

Genia Larionova joins Koloskov in part three of the course for a demonstration of the post-production process in PhotoshopR. Working with non-destructive smart objects and layer masks, Genia demonstrates how to adjust the color and saturation of the tea. She covers several methods of spot removal using layer masks, which allow more control than using the healing brush on the original layer.

This course is good for someone just getting started in studio product photography. However, knowledge of the basics of cameras, lenses and Photoshop will be helpful.

Alex Koloskov is a commercial photographer, instructor and the Co-Founder and CEO of You will find several free course at as well as premium fee-based courses covering a range of difficulty from beginner to professional. Some of my favorites were those featuring Koloskov's Liquid and Splash Hi-Speed Photography. A Pro-Corner membership gives you interactive, project based education with real teacher/student feedback.

Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map

Content copyright © 2023 by Diane Cipollo. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Diane Cipollo. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Diane Cipollo for details.