Leather Product

Unlock the art of leather product photography in this course — master camera skills, lighting, and post-processing to showcase leather craftsmanship.

Leather Product Photography with Karlova Design
Leather Bag 2 - Why Photography Matters


European Georgia-based leather designer, graphic designer, and photographer with over 25 years of design experience.
Marina Square
Marina Karlova
Professional Designer

Format & Duration

A 12-lesson image and text-based online course of learning modules teaching how to showcase your leather products in the best way possible.

Target Student

Students newer to or experienced with photography and digital photo editing, who would like to apply the specifics to photography for leather goods.

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Course Details

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The Opportunity

We go beyond just photo taking, you’ll learn the important elements that will help showcase your leather products and make them stand out, including:

  • Using the Right Equipment
  • Basic Principles of Exposition
  • Setting Up and Shooting
  • Post Production Processes

In this instructional course, I will teach you how to photograph leather products by understanding the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO for perfect exposure so you can bring out the unique qualities that might otherwise go unnoticed and perfect them in Photoshop for flawless imagery.

There are many ways to approach photographing leather products, and I will be sharing with you the exact method that I use. However, feel free to experiment and try different techniques, as there are no hard and fast rules unless I specify otherwise.

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I will share my opinion about what equipment to use in setting up and shooting your leather products with the best lighting and post-production techniques including color adjustments, noise correcting, and other methods for cleaning up images to create a dramatic look with pronounced textures. Good photography can help build trust with your customers and communicate the quality and craftsmanship of your products so you can show off your leather goods the way they deserve.  

I edit my photos using Photoshop. Therefore, if you wish to follow my lessons, you will need to have Photoshop installed on your computer. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can download an older trial version or try a CC trial subscription. If you prefer to use any other software, you will need to be able to translate the necessary actions to that software. 

What You Can Gain

  • A working knowledge of leather product photography
  • An understanding of why photography matters and the essential equipment
  • Principles of exposition and how to control lighting
  • Post-production skills that help capture the essence of your leather product in a way that will make an impression

What This Course Is

This course is an exploration into the art of enhancing leather product photography through the use of Photoshop. You’ll gain insights and expertise in elevating the visual appeal of leather goods, exploring step-by-step processes for digital enhancement.

I will help you navigate the nuances of leather product photography, guiding you through the process of creating compelling photographs using Photoshop. I will teach you the essential aspects of exposition, lighting, and correcting your images after production to elevate the overall aesthetic of your leather products.

What This Course Is Not

It is not an introduction to photography, computer use, or Photoshop. It assumes the student already possesses basic photography knowledge and skills and has Photoshop installed on their computer.

Meet Your Instructor

Hi there, my name is Marina Karlova, I live in Tbilisi, Georgia, and I love designing new stuff out of leather. I’ve been designing something most of my life (started in 1998 as a graphic designer) but around 2016 I found out that the most exciting thing to do is to design real things for real life. 

I was born in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1981, lived in Moscow 1999 – 2009, in Ecuador 2009 – 2011, in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011 – 2014, and in Rio Dulce, Guatemala (on my sailboat) in 2014 – 2021. In 2021 I came back to Russia for some reason, and then everyone knows what happened, so I have lost my business, all my shops were suspended, and in October 2022 moved to Tbilisi with one suitcase and Bonny. I had to leave all my tools and leather behind. Bonny is a chihuahua, who is my loyal friend, companion and inspiration.

She works at Karlova Design as a model and workshop assistant. She had been traveling with me since Guatemala, and she is the reason I started sewing (she needed tiny dog thingies like harnesses and carriers, now she’s got dozens). 

These are some of my design awards:

  • Moscow XV International Advertising Festival 2005 (Gold)
  • Golden Site 2001 (Gold, Silver)
  • ADCR Awards (Short-list)
  • British Fashion Festival 2020, 2021 – Best Bag Designer

Course Curriculum

Learn about equipment, lighting, and post-processing to showcase leather craftsmanship through your camera lens. 


Discover why good photography of handcrafted leather items is important for making your products stand out above the rest.

Leather Bag 2 - Why Photography Matters

We’ll explore cameras, lens preferences, and the elements involved in elevating your visuals with expert tips.


Learn the three main settings you need to understand photography. These settings work together to create the perfect exposure for your photos.

Exposition 2

Learn how to set lights strategically for a dramatic impact. We’ll explore angles and perfect your subject’s presentation for compelling shots.

Adding Vignette 10

Master the art of color correcting for leather shots. From cropping to contrast, discover step-by-step tips for a dramatic, textured look.

Color Correction

Learn to enhance your photos with a natural vignette and avoid artificial effects for a soft, highlighted subject.

Adding vignette

Explore refining photos, correcting imperfections, and enhancing details to achieve a polished result.


Master noise reduction plugins, ISO settings, and minimizing noise for optimal results.

Noise Reduction

Learn how to enhance photo crispness with Photoshop sharpening and adjust settings wisely for optimal results without overdoing it.



Remove dust and stains effortlessly for a flawless picture, even when they occur, despite your efforts to maintain a clean photo shoot.

Cleaning Up

Save your high-quality, edited photos in formats best suited for your product needs and explore beyond studios for diverse visuals.


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Check out the sections

Here are some photos included in the course.

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Most frequent questions and answers

This course is great for those new to or experienced in photography and digital photo editing seeking to apply their skills to photographing leather goods.

Students should ideally have the Photoshop software tool on their computer. If you don’t have Photoshop, you can download an older trial version or try a CC trial subscription. If you prefer to use any other software, you will need to be able to translate the necessary actions to that software.

Once you complete the purchase and are logged in, you will see a menu option appear for this course under “My Courses”. There, you can click to enter the course, view the lessons, and then progress through each one at your own pace.

As a digital item where all assets are delivered instantly, there are generally no returns. We think you’ll find a lot of value in this course and what you can learn from it.

The course is on our responsively-designed platform, so it can be easily viewed and enjoyed on most common digital devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices that have an internet connection.

You’ll have instant access to the course 24/7 for as long as you have an active account on the ILC.

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