Learn how to take great photos that will give you the competitive edge when selling your products to your customers.
We offer bespoke product photography training that teaches you to use your equipment in your workplace and covers the techniques and skills that will help you get the photographs you need.
We don’t offer a set curriculum, instead we’ll work with your skill levels to teach you what you need to know to get the job done.
We’re happy to work with complete novices or with those who have some experience and want to upscale their skill set or learn how to tackle problems unique to their situation.
Photography training costs
Half Day Training
Full Day Training
All prices are for single sessions, and exclude VAT, please also see our Terms and Conditions for training services.
Precise course/seminar costs are based on duration, location and number of people attending the course. A half day is up to 3.5 hrs of training time, a full day up to 6.5 hrs.
For interactive photography training sessions we recommend a maximum of 5 trainees. For larger numbers we recommend seminar style presentations.
Our training courses are held at your own preferred location, where you will be taking your own photographs.
Expenses: £0.65 per mile for all courses outside of Leicestershire PLUS £30 per hour travel expenses for all courses more than 2 hours from our base in Leicester. We charge nothing for the first 2 hours (in each direction) then £30 per full hour.
For a more accurate idea of costs, please contact us to discuss your exact requirements and we'll be happy to send a detailed quote.
Please note: payment is required in advance of training session(s), unless payment on the day is arranged (by prior agreement only).
Teaching YOU to take photos of YOUR products
Training tailored to meet your exact needs
Get the photos you need when you want them.
Fed up waiting for product photography – and then find it’s not quite right? We can teach you to take the photos you need, that meet your style guidelines and are ready when you need them.
We don’t provide generic product photography training, instead all our teaching is customised to each individual client’s requirements. Regardless of your existing skill levels, we will teach you to take the best possible photographs of your products, using your equipment to the best advantage and in the style that reflects your business identity.
We can teach you to photograph items as small as a piece of jewellery to products the size of a small family car or even styled roos or sets. Our diverse client base ranges in size from small web start-up businesses, to household name retailers and we’re happy to help if you are a start-up with no experience or an organisations that needs to take your skill-sets up to the next level.
Product photography training course details
What we can teach you:
- What equipment will help you get the results you want
- How to set up YOUR equipment – including the camera, tripod, lights, backdrops etc
- How to best used the equipment and props you’ve got to ‘style’ your shots
- Lighting – how to use soft boxes, flash, continuous lighting, available and natural light, reflectors and diffusers. When to use the different lighting options and why they look different
- Camera settings – on YOUR camera. Learn about aperture, ISO, shutter speeds and lens focal lengths
- Lenses – using the right lens for the job
- How to manage colour and white balance and how to get a consistent result
- How to manage difficult items – for example reflective surfaces, light colours on white backgrounds, awkward shapes with multiple shadows
- How to design an efficient workflow – important when photographing large number of items as well as saving time (and so money) and ensuring consistency in the quality and look of the images
- Post-processing techniques
If, at a later stage, you need Photoshop training for processing your photographs, we can provide additional bespoke image editing training sessions (please note, we don’t provide stand alone Photoshop training courses).
Please contact us today for an informal chat to discuss your needs, and how we can help…
After your product photography course
We know that often, people have plenty of other work to do in their jobs, and after a week or so, what was clear on the day may have faded a bit…
If you have been on a Northlight Images training course, we’ll provide on-going support and are happy to answer technical questions and clear up any related issues you might have about the course materials.
Comments from clients
"I had a fantastic day with Keith on the bespoke architectural photography training course. He demystified the technical aspects of architectural photography and was hugely generous and down to earth in sharing his experience and knowledge. I would gladly recommend Northlight Images."Julie Crawford,
"We were very impressed with our training session. In one day we learnt enough to drastically improve our product images and help us maintain a professional reputation. We are very happy customers."Ellis Clarke Trains
"I enjoyed Keith's introduction to photography. While it was accessible to complete novices, I also found lots of useful hints and tips as someone who does a small amount of professional photography and is seeking to expand my portfolio. I would recommend Northlight Images for no fuss photography training solutions to suit a range of skill levels."Laura Hadland - Thirst Media
"The team really enjoyed the training, and we all feel that we have learnt some essential tips to improve our pictures, at the very least learning to evaluate our photos on site and thinking about the story that they are telling. The format of the training worked well - with a bit of theory in the morning and practice in the afternoon. The information wasn’t too overwhelmingly technical and was pitched just right for our requirements. I would be happy to recommend the training to other sales teams."Nottingham Community Housing Assoc.
Some of our work
Over the years, we’ve helped many companies set up their own product photography studios, such as above for a world leading Derbyshire based knitwear company.
If you are looking to buy equipment later, we can always bring a range of portable studio photographic equipment to demonstrate.
If you’re new to product photography and don’t already own the equipment you need, we are happy to advise you on what’s suitable, before any training takes place.
Please note that we do not sell camera equipment – we will simply make recommendations, allowing you to shop around for the best price.
Our product photography expertise
Northlight Images offers commercial location based product photography services to our clients.
That means we’re used to working in less than ideal conditions and adapting what’s available to get the results our clients expect.
Keith Cooper, our trainer and senior photographer, spent several years at Loughborough University as a lecturer, and in addition, possesses a C&G Adult Education Certificate.
In September 2011, Keith was invited to join X-Rite’s ‘Coloratti’
“X-Rite’s Coloratti includes the world’s top professional photographers, a group whose vision, passion, leadership, and partnership are recognized and valued by X-Rite. Coloratti photographers are highly respected by their peers and are admired by up-and-coming professionals, enthusiasts, and students alike.”
Our other photography training courses
Lectures and conferences
Prices for presentations and lectures depend on length of session and location.
Course organisers and venues
Keith regularly speaks at industry events and conferences. Please contact us directly to discuss your requirements and how we can work together.
Keith is happy to take part in events overseas. Please contact us directly to discuss quotations for any international work – we can work for multinational companies outside of the UK, via their UK offices.
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