Photography and Set Design for Creative Visual Worlds

A course by Tabea Mathern , Photographer and Visual Artist

Photographer and Visual Artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined May 2020

Learn to develop creative visual concepts and transform them into set designs for product photography or social media

  • German with subtitles in English
  • 92% positive reviews (12)
  • 328 students

Learn to develop creative visual concepts and transform them into set designs for product photography or social media

A course by Tabea Mathern

Are you familiar with the creative process for turning an idea into an image? Whether addressing an important topic or sharing her artistic vision, there's nothing photographer and visual artist Tabea Mathern loves more than rising to the challenge that each project brings. In this online course, she teaches the foundations of conceptual photography and set design.

With Tabea as your guide, learn to harness your inspiration and let your creative eye lead you to your final image. Develop a visual concept, prepare your set, and snap your photos. By the end, you'll be able to depict almost anything you can imagine through conceptual photography, from real products to abstract themes like emotions.

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What will you learn in this online course?

13 lessons & 25 downloads

8 minutes, 30 seconds
Gathering Inspiration
3 minutes, 21 seconds
Sketching and Preparing the Set
3 minutes, 48 seconds
Camera Set-up
3 minutes, 42 seconds
German with subtitles in English
  • 92% positive reviews (12)
  • 328 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 44m)
  • 25 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: German
  • German, Spanish, English, Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Elegirás un producto (imaginario o real) o una temática que quieras representar en imágenes, desarrollarás un concepto a partir de un mood board, diseñarás un set con medios sencillos, fotografiarás tus ideas y editarás las imágenes para utilizarlas, por ejemplo, en redes sociales.

Who is this online course for?

Beginners as well as anyone with experience wanting to sharpen their artistic eye with conceptual photography who is also interested in the best ways to put products, businesses, and organizations on the map.

Requirements and materials

An interest in design, art, and photography is the only must for this course, along with an open mind ready to have new ideas and see new perspectives. Some basic experience using a DSLR camera or smartphone as well as knowledge of fashion and architecture would be useful although by no means essential.

For materials you need a smartphone with either a good stationary source of light or natural light, or a DSLR with flash and a fixed light. You also need a few things to build your set that your teacher specifies throughout the course and a computer installed with Adobe Photoshop and, if possible, Capture One Pro.


328 Students
12 Reviews
92% Positive ratings
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Tabea Mathern

A course by Tabea Mathern

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Photographer and Visual Artist

Tabea Mathern is a visual artist and freelance photographer. She brings her ideas to life by combining art direction, conceptualization, and set design. Her comprehensive and conceptual focus allows her to depict almost anything, from products to abstract emotions.

Her client list includes names like Adobe, Refinery29, Foodspring, Art Toronto, Etsy, Der Spiegel and Stern. Her images, collections, and exhibitions tackle topics close to her heart and sometimes involve collaborations with other artists and designers.


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Inspirations
  • U2

    Preparation and Brainstorming

    • Materials
    • Gathering Inspiration
    • Conceiving an Idea and Developing a Mood Board
    • Sketching and Preparing the Set
  • U3


    • Preparing and Setting up Props and Set
    • Camera Set-up
    • Configuring the Light
    • The Photo Shoot
  • U4

    Post-production and Other Uses

    • Exporting the Photo from Capture One
    • Retouching the Photo in Photoshop
    • Further Processing of the Photo and Posting on Social Media
  • FP

    Final project

    • Photography and Set Design for Creative Visual Worlds

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and with an easy-to-follow method. You set your own pace.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert teachers

    Each expert teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Certificates

    If you're a Plus member, get a custom certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front-row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate about creativity as you are.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Photography and Set Design for Creative Visual Worlds. Photography, and Video course by Tabea Mathern

Photography and Set Design for Creative Visual Worlds

A course by Tabea Mathern
Photographer and Visual Artist. Berlin, Germany.
Joined May 2020
  • 92% positive reviews (12)
  • 328 students