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Product photography training courses

You can do your own product and packshot photography for your business

Bespoke product photography training that teaches you to use your equipment in your workplace and covers the techniques and skills you need to learn to help you take 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.

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Learn how to take great photos of your products and find out how to make your images look that little bit better on the web and in print.

Have you tried doing some of your own pack shot and product photography for your web site or catalogues? Not quite happy with the results? A key aspect of product photography is understanding how to best process your images.

Northlight Images provides bespoke training courses anywhere in the UK, particularly Leicestershire, the UK East Midlands (Northampton, Nottingham and Derby).

We are happy to come out and help you take better advertising and product photographs. Our training courses are held at your own preferred location, where you will be taking your own product photographs and pack shots.

If you require Photoshop training for processing your photographs, we can provide additional bespoke training sessions to cover all your image editing needs.

Photos of your products – when you need them

Training tailored to meet your exact needs

Fed up waiting for product photography – and then find it’s not quite right? We provide courses that give useful, practical information that will enable you to take better photos.

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 complete 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.

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.)

Product photography training course details

What we can teach you:
  • How to set up YOUR equipment – including the camera, tripod, lights, backdrops etc
  • How to best used the equipment 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

Please contact us today for an informal chat to discuss your needs, and how we can help…

Our product photography courses are customised to your requirements, so course length depends on what you want to learn and your existing skill levels. In the past, we have provided courses from just half a day session to three full days.

Courses are aimed at individuals, or 5 people at most. The training is very much hands-on, so you will be taking lots of photos and working on them.

We are happy for more people to attend, or watch what is going on, but do note that this can reduce the amount of ‘hands on’ coverage we can provide. If you have a large group it may be worth considering a more formal lecture style training session. Or if you prefer this ‘hands on’ approach why not think about several small sessions.

Whilst we can bring along an impressive array of (expensive) equipment to show what can be done, we find it much better to help people get the best out of their own set-up, such as with the artist’s brushes shown below, where the key feature was careful control of reflections.

Photography training for businesses

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.

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.”

photographing clothing
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.

photo setup in corner of office

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.

Product photography training costs

Precise course/seminar costs are based on duration, location and number of people attending the course. A half day is ~3.5 hrs of training time, a full day ~7 hrs.

All prices are for single sessions, and exclude VAT, please also see our Terms and Conditions for training services.

Half Day Training

  • £299 one to one training
  • £349 for 3 trainees
  • £49 for each additional trainee

Full Day Training

  • £599 one to one training
  • £649 for 3 trainees
  • £69 for each additional trainee

For a more accurate idea of costs, please contact us to discuss your exact requirements and for the prices of more than 1 day’s training. Payment is required in advance of training session(s), unless payment on the day is arranged (by prior agreement only).

Outside of Leicestershire we charge for travel (£0.65 per mile) and travel time at £30 per hour for any journey over 2 hours away from our base in Leicester. We charge nothing for the first 2 hours (in each direction) then 30.00 for each additional hour (in each direction)  - rounded up to the full hour.

Please note that we provide training for companies at your chosen location. We are unable to provide training services here at our Leicester office.

For interactive photography training sessions we recommend a maximum of 5 trainees, larger numbers being more suited to seminar style presentations.

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.

Product photography training - controlling reflections for shiny surfaces
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