Top Tips For Product Photography
Hello and welcome back to another blog post!
Todays post is dedicated to product photography tips.
I’ll talk about a few tips for sprucing up your product shots. I’m sharing a few things that have worked for me, but that doesn’t necessarily that they will work for you, so keep that in mind. Everyone has their original style when it comes to product photography and I am not saying that my way is the right way, but I constantly get questions about my photography, so I thought I would share the love!
USE SMALL PROPS
I love collecting all sorts of trays, trinket and jewelry dishes, pretty candle jars, magazines, fashion books, fabrics, etc. I love using all those things to “style” or “dress up” my product shots. One of my favorite places to shop for all sorts of knick-knacks has got to be Home Bargains, TK Maxx and B&M.
You can really find some cute stuff there and it won’t cost you a fortune. “Styling” your photos may be a little more time consuming, but it can be really fun and it can also help your photos stand out.
TRY DIFFERENT ANGLES
I usually like to take my photos from “above” in “flatlay” style, but I also like to mix it up a bit and try shooting from different angles.
That way, I can play around with depth of field and make my images look more interesting.
UTILIZE DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS
Changing up your background from time to time can also add some original style to your photography. Of course, I don’t think that this is something that everyone should do- it’s just something that I think has worked really well for me.
When it comes to your photos, I think the most important thing is to make sure that you like them; whether it’s taking your pictures on plain, or colorful and “texturised” surfaces. You can find more ideas for backgrounds right here.
KEEP IN MIND THAT WHITE IS DIFFICULT TO WORK WITH
When I first started learning about photography, I was OBSESSED with getting that perfect, shadow-free white background. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spend editing my pictures and how much money I’ve invested in all sort of equipment, before I finally realized that white is just difficult to work with (especially when you don’t have a well-lit area to work with).
When editing your images in order to try make white look as bright as possible, you can sometimes mess up true colours of products you’re shooting and that is far from an ideal scenario. I still like incorporating white into my images, since it helps to make them look brighter and softer, but I find that using different colours and/or backgrounds can work even better. Another thing that I’ve discovered is that material such as cotton, photographs a lot better than white paper or card board; it’s much softer and it bounces off the light really nicely.
USE MANUAL FOCUS
Don’t assume that your camera will always get it right when using Auto Focus. Of course, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to using auto and manual focus, but in certain situations, using manual focus will work a lot better.
Using manual focus works great when shooting macro photography or in low-light situations. I noticed that it also comes in handy when taking pictures of really small objects (like eyeliners or mascara wands). Sometimes AF mode can get confused and not know what to focus on- that’s when I always switch to manual focus.
I don’t know where I’d be without my lights. There is only one area in my house that is bright enough for taking photos, but even there, my only source of light is a small window. Since my light source is coming only from one side, I use a light to make it more even so that the shadows are minimised.
AVOID CAMERA SHAKE
In order to avoid camera shake, I try to use a tripod and connect my camera to my iPhone so I can use the shutter release function, but sometimes, using a bulky tripod is out of the question. This can be a problem especially when you’re working in a small space.
When I hand-held my DSLR while taking pictures, first thing I always make sure to do is to set my shutter speed accordingly to avoid blurry images. One simple rule to follow when doing this is to set your shutter speed to 1 over your focal length. So, for example, when using my 50mm lens, I make sure that my shutter speed is at least 1/50th of a second, when using a 40mm lens, I never go lower than 1/40th of a second and so forth. Second thing I make sure I do when not using a tripod, is to hold my camera as stable as possible (resting my elbows on flat surface, wrapping my neck strap very tightly around my wrist, etc).
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