10 Essential Studio Techniques Every Photographer Needs to Know By Scott Kelby

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Scott teaches this course using his personal, conversational style of instruction. He goes through a variety of setups and equipment and teaches the whole course from inside a studio, so viewers can watch while Scott demonstrates how to use the equipment he is talking about. He goes over strobes and spider lights, soft boxes, flags, reflectors, beauty dishes and much, much more. Scott’s goal in this course is to teach his viewers about the tools they need to have in the studio, when to use them, and more importantly, how to use them.

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Scott Kelby


Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom...

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  1. Profile photo of koti koti

    My name is Koti. I watched your videos on Kelby training.I have two elichcrom 500 strobe lights. When I take the full shot for the person, the lights from the knee to feet are coming dark. I need a full light picture. My question is how a full length shot of a person with full lighting comes dark on the picture? How can I adjust the lights to eliminate this problem?
    Thank you in advance

    – Koti

  2. Profile photo of Dennis Dennis

    Great class, easy to understand and very helpful —- Yes, please post my feedback

  3. Profile photo of annieclyde annieclyde

    Fantastic! The best information I’ve found for someone who is setting up a studio for the first time.
    —- Yes, please post my feedback

  4. Profile photo of dutchinny dutchinny

    Absolutely great!!! Clarifies lots of bits and pieces that I sort of knew about but not so much….. It is very reassuring to see that the pros don’t necessarily get it exactly right at the first shot and that tweaking is part of the process whereas I might have projected to my subject that I wasn’t sure what I was doing – which at times is correct! Lol- now I’ll feel Moore confident about adjusting and experimenting because I can do that with purpose. My only comment on this and other classes is that I would like to see a products used summary like in syl arenas class on speed lites (I think) That would be just so much more efficient than having to search and find and replay Kelbu training was the very best investment in training ever! I still love to go take adorama workshops but between travel gas and parking I have already earned back my investment 10 x over!!!!! Thank you kelby training!!!! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  5. Profile photo of John Novotny John Novotny

    On the expense of egg crate grids in Lighting Male Subjects at 7:45. The cost is linked to labor involved in producing them, they are more labor intensive to produce I believe. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  6. Profile photo of Brent Brent

    What else do I need to say after excellent. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  7. Profile photo of Peter Simmons Peter Simmons

    Thanks Scott, great course. Would love to see more studio lighting courses, lighting looks and styles. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  8. Profile photo of dilumjr dilumjr

    Great course for studio portraiture…really helpful and every thing is nicely explaned —- Yes, please post my feedback

  9. Profile photo of Taze Taze

    Excellent course! Photography is my primary hobby. Currently my investment in creating a home studio far exceeds my skill level. But with courses like this I will be to able to close the skill gap much quicker than watching YouTube videos, surfing the web and buying books on Amazon, all which I have already made significant investment. Too bad I didn’t tap into this training class earlier. The next best thing would be to have Scott come to my home and provide personal training and critique….like I could afford that! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of tprince tprince

    I really liked the course, found it very insightful. I have only worked a few times before in a studio. One important thing for me that I would have liked to see is a side shot of the model and the light positioning. Most of the time, the cameraman was standing near the photographer, so I couldn’t gauge if the model was standing toward the front end, back end or center of the soft box. I know mr. Kelby said the edges are the softest, but it seemed the model was often in the center. A side shot from time to time would have been very, very helpful. —- No, I’d keep it between us

  11. Profile photo of halvor.molland@hydro.com halvor.molland@hydro.com

    A great introduction for beginners – and a few tricks to learn for those with more experience as well! Thanks! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  12. Profile photo of Francisco DelValle Francisco DelValle

    Great course. Scott provides a lot of information in a real world, unedited for perfection, manner. Feels like you are there with them at the shoot. —- Yes, please post my feedback

  13. Profile photo of onyx808 onyx808

    I have a question.

    Can you achieve similar result shooting with a reflector umbrella instead of the octodome? —- Yes, please post my feedback

  14. Profile photo of JBryant JBryant

    what is the difference between black and white soft boxes? sorry if you explained this in the videos but i didn’t see it! —- Yes, please post my feedback —- Yes, please post my feedback

  15. Profile photo of Nicholas Pappagallo Nicholas Pappagallo

    I liked this course it had some valuable info and Scott went into detail to explain everything

  16. Profile photo of pedrojschmitt pedrojschmitt

    Hi fellows,
    First, Im very happy with this studio class. Such valuable lessons, indeed! So clear and right to the point.
    Well, I”m in the process to set up a portrait studio. I pretend to do head and shoulders and entire body for books, fashion and family.

    My space isnt so big: about 18 feet camera to background, 15 feets width, and 10 feet ceiling.
    Do you think this configuration below is good to start?
    – 2 strobes, each 250w
    – 1 octosoft
    – 1 strip soft
    – 1 silver umbrella
    – 1 5 x 1 reflector

    Thanks in advance,
    Pedro Schmitt

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