Product Photography Lesson Visual Art Graphic Design STEM Light Box Photoshop

Art Teacher Diaries
Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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33 pages
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Art Teacher Diaries


This product photography lesson includes everything you need for students to learn how to create their own product photography! This lesson works well for multiple discipline areas such as visual arts, graphic design, business, STEM (or STEAM!), or computer education. Students learn how to make a lightbox, set up lighting for their photography, edit their images in Photoshop or Pixlr, and analyze and reflect on their product photography and design choices. You don't need to know anything about product photography to teach this lesson. This photography lesson is most suitable for older grade levels including 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students.

What's Included?
-Slideshow for 6 class days (.pptx)
-Practice file (.jpg)
-Directions and Reflection (.docx)
-2 videos (.mp4)

Each video included shows you how to use adjustments and basic tools in either Photoshop CS6 or Pixlr. Pixlr is a free and online-based alternative to Photoshop.

The slideshow includes the learning targets, examples, & video links used for this commercial photography lesson.

Materials Required:
-White tissue paper (6 sheets per pair of students)
-Cardboard box (we used 12x12x8")
-Box knife, X-acto knife, or scissors
-Packing tape
-LED bulbs (1 for each clamp light)
-Clamp lights
-Extension cords
-Cameras (or have students use their phone cameras!)

Day One:
Students learn about photography light boxes and demonstrate their understanding of the concept by creating their own light box with a partner. The light box materials include tissue paper, cardboard boxes, packing tape, box knife or scissors, LED bulbs, and lighting (clamp lights work just fine).

Day Two:
Students learn about commercial photography, lighting, how light bulbs work in terms of lumens & kelvin, and practice photography with a practice product in their light boxes.

Day Three:
Students choose a product and conduct “product research” by analyzing and researching your project by answering The Who, What, Where, Why? Students use the included directions/reflection handout to complete this analysis.

Day Four:
Students demonstrate their learning of lighting and the set-up of the light box by photographing the product of their choice.

Day Five:
Students watch the video demo (either of Photoshop or Pixlr) to learn basic Photoshop & Pixlr adjustments such as hue/saturation, color balance, levels, & brightness/contrast to edit your product photo. Students will also learn basic tools such as fill bucket, crop, and eraser.

Day Six:
Students learn how to save their photo correctly & reflect on their photography, design choices, & overall process for this project.
Total Pages
33 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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