Lighting Essentials – 6 Week Product Photography Series


When: Tuesdays 6.30-9pm Apr 2 – May 7, 2019
Where: Legend Studio Melbourne (Thomastown)
Price: $60 per workshop
Suitable for: Intermediate to Advanced.
Instructors: Brett Dorron

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Photographing products, whether home appliances, power tools, consumer packaged goods or a myriad of items, is still a good way to build a photography business. Or, at the very least, add this proficiency to an existing business.

In this 6 Week Course, we are going to take a very deep dive into shooting different kinds of products with differing stylistic approaches. The course is designed to give the photographer a very strong introduction into the intricacies and variables of shooting product on a table top.

This is a series of six Product Photography Workshops that can be booked and attended individually, or taken as a whole. Individual workshops will often reference or build on topics discussed in previous workshops but is still designed to stand alone.


Course schedule:

Week 1 – April 2nd


Modern product packaging presents the photographer with endless challenges. Embossing, metallic foils and other materials can drive a photographer crazy. A product photographer is a problem solver. Let’s learn how to deal with the challenges now before the stress of a shoot.

Week 2 – April 9th


Want to have a fun time with reflections? Let’s shoot a toaster. Or a pop-corn popper. The chrome parts mixed with transparent sections can be problematic. Learning how to control the reflections is one of the most important lessons.

Week 3 – April 16th


Alcohol, cold drinks, olive oil, salad dressings, exquisite crystal glassware. Bottle and glassware designs, colours and textures are as diverse and endless as the products that fill them. Let’s make a splash with this all this all-time favourite subject matter.

Week 4 – April 23rd


One area of product photography that can become a specialty is cosmetics and fragrances. Small, shiny, difficult to photograph and demanding compositional challenges make shooting these a real challenge. Designers work hard to create products that stand out on the shelf. You must be able to photograph these in a way that makes them look exceptional.

Week 5 – April 30th


Cell Phones, tablets, Vapes, and other electronic consumer items are photographed every day. Whether for design firms, manufacturers, or advertising agencies, consumer electronics are a mainstay of commercial photographers.

Week 6 – May 7th


Whether it’s a steamy soup in a bowl, blue cheese on a platter, crisp fresh salad in a wrap or  plump fruity pancakes in a stack, we all have to eat everyday and there is always food and sweets to be photographed. Here, colour, texture and atmosphere are vital. Let’s learn what it takes to make food look good.

  • Workshop: Lighting Essentials – 6 Week Product Photography Course – April-May 2019
  • Presenters: Brett Dorron
  • When: Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 9pm  from April 2nd – May 7th 2019
  • Where: Legend Studio Melbourne – 1/95 Heyington Avenue Thomastown. Just off the ring road. Grab the Freeway. Plenty of parking on street and on site.
  • Fitness: Not applicable. Venue has wheelchair access.
  • Price: $60 per workshop.
  • What to bring: Camera, standard to telephoto lenses, batteries, memory cards, tripod and yourself.

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It’s important to note that we will not be shooting large products like motorcycles or furniture, but focusing on products and packages that we can shoot on a table top in studio.

I would love to see you there. Please Book Early to secure your spot.

Thank you,

Brett Dorron

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Week 1: PRODUCT PACKAGING – Tue 2 April, Week 2: HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES – Tue 9 April, Week 3: BOTTLES & GLASSWARE – Tue 16 April, Week 4: COSMETICS & FRAGRANCES – Tue 23 April, Week 5: CONSUMER ELECTRONICS – Tue 30 April, Week 6: FOOD & CHOCOLATE – Tue 7 May


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