Commercial Product Photography and Post-Processing Techniques, with Alex Koloskov

Join Alex Koloskov as he walks you through every step in his workflow over the course of three different product shoots, and then finishes each project in Photoshop.

Creating stunning product photography requires a unique set of skills in the studio and in post-production. Each product was chosen to expose you to a variety of techniques to help you build a repertoire of skills that will aid you in shooting a range of commercial products. In this class you will learn that attention to detail during your studio time can save you hours in post-production, you will see different ways of using lighting modifiers to enhance the shape and detail in your subjects, and you will learn to how to develop an efficient workflow that takes you all the way from the studio to final output.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 02:24)

Join Alex in the studio as he goes over the concepts that will be covered in this class.

Lesson 2: Quick Demonstration (Duration 19:59)

Along with a quick demonstration of how lighting modifiers can make a huge difference in your product photography, Alex discusses the gear he uses.

Lesson 3: Laptop Shoot: Part 1 (Duration 11:48)

Alex begins to step through the process he uses to do a product shot of a laptop that will be composited into a different background later.

Lesson 4: Laptop Shoot: Part 2 (Duration 12:12)

Building on the previous lesson Alex moves toward the final shot by modifying the lights further.

Lesson 5: Champagne Bottle Shoot: Part 1 (Duration 15:22)

A glass bottle brings its own unique set of properties that need to be considered before the shooting begins. After evaluating the subject the shooting setup can be created and adjustments can be made.

Lesson 6: Champagne Bottle Shoot: Part 2 (Duration 14:53)

Building on the work done so far, Alex continues to modify the lights to achieve the look he is going for. Once the lighting for the bottle is set he can add in other props.

Lesson 7: Champagne Bottle Shoot: Part 3 (Duration 14:39)

With all elements in place, Alex makes the final adjustments to complete the image.

Lesson 8: Cosmetic Bottle Shoot: Part 1 (Duration 09:42)

Shooting a white object on a white background presents a new set of challenges.

Lesson 9: Cosmetic Bottle Shoot: Part 2 (Duration 14:33)

Getting a reflection on a white subject on a white background can be done in Photoshop or it can be done with your lighting setup as Alex demonstrates. Alex also demonstrates a technique for making your subject appear to be floating in space without any post-production.

Lesson 10: Transition to Post-Production (Duration 01:13)

With the shooting done for the three subjects Alex sets up the next part of the class that goes into his post-production techniques in Photoshop.

Lesson 11: Laptop Post-Production: Part 1 (Duration 10:17)

Starting in Camera Raw for basic processing, the photo is passed on to Photoshop for cleaning up dust and fingerprints.

Lesson 12: Laptop Post-Production: Part 2 (Duration 08:53)

With the laptop cleaned up it is time to remove it from the background and composite it into a new digital background.

Lesson 13: White Bottle Post-Production (Duration 20:13)

Starting with setting the white balance, the image is processed in Camera Raw before being passed on to Photoshop for finishing touches.

Lesson 14: Champagne Bottle Post-Production: Part 1 (Duration 14:40)

Starting in Camera Raw the basic processing is performed before passing on to Photoshop for clean up.

Lesson 15: Champagne Bottle Post-Production: Part 2 (Duration 16:05)

Additional clean up techniques are used to smooth out wrinkles and enhance the bottle.

Lesson 16: Wrap Up (Duration 02:10)

With all post-production completed Alex wraps up the class.

Meet Your Instructor: Alex Koloskov

I am a mix of technicality, innovation and out of the box thinking. Since childhood my dad inspired and encouraged that in me. I am completely self taught. I don't…


  1. Alex is one of the best teachers that I`ve ever seen, he explains the things with such an ease. I made recently one Workshop about Still Life and I can tell for sure that it didn`t come close to this class. Thank you very much, Alex. You rock! Спасибо большое за отличную работу!

  2. David Kenyon Great class Alex. Once again he makes the technical aspects of product photography easy to understand and accessible through his casual and deeply informative presentation style. I look forward to more instalments on KelbyOne.

  3. This was the one critical course that I had been waiting for! The techniques not only for using diffused lighting approaches for products but also post production were so well thought through and had a lot of depth with ideas and creativity. One question- is there a way that the "gear guide" can be updated to list out the essentials of the products that were used for your course? Specifically, the flat surface that mounts on the light stand for things like that laptop as well as the diffused plastic roll. thank you! ~Ramon

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