Beginners Guide To Product Photography

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In this tutorial we will be learning the basic steps towards flawless product photography starting with the product ending with the edit. So lets get started:

The first thing you have to do is, as simple as it sounds, make sure you have everything you need for your shoot. Here is a breakdown of the basics for a white backed product photo. You will need a table, a large size of uncreased white paper, additional lighting, ducttape or something sticky, your camera, and a tripod. Although it isnt in the list it is always helpful to make use of natural light, so if you can make sure you set up your make shift product studio near a large window. Once you have everything organised and set up your tripod to the right height consistent with your table and product, we can move on to step two.

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Step two, this is where the magic happens, well we think so anyway. Setting your Infinity Curve (*gasp*). The infinity curve is a useful tool and not too difficult to set up, what you need to do is set your table against a wall near the window (if possible), take your large uncreased piece of white paper and tape one end to the wall above the table. With this you will need to make sure the paper is higher than the product so you don’t get the wall in the background of the photo. Then take the front of the paper and tape it to the front of the table making sure no tape is visible in front of the product. What you should get is a gentle curve from half way back on the table all the way to the tape on the wall. This is your INFINITY CURVE! This will allow for your image to look professional without having to mess around in the edit getting rid of creases and angles.

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The third step has no fancy name and really nothing too fancy about it, but it is very important. Keep your tripod level and image steady by using the tripod, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s easier free hand because you will find a lot more issues when your images aren’t perfectly straight. Just to add something on, sometimes even if everything is level your product could look washed out but to stop this you can add a point of reference or something that can show depth but also the size of the product, an example would be if you are photographing a watch show it on someones wrist. . This all leads us nicely to our fourth step.

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Step four is all about making sure your setting are right, meaning make sure your ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed are balanced to give you the best quality image possible. These really are vital if you would like professional looking photos with out a lot of grain or photos that are in focus. For more information about these settings please see the previous post, Beginners Guide To: ISO Aperture and Shutter Speed.

Our fifth and final step is the edit! Try and keep the editing basic, clean up the image by slightly enhancing the colours or cropping unnecessary space but don’t over indulge in creating a photo that looks great but doesn’t look like the product. Having a photo that looks so different compared to the product has many issues as your can image, but the main one being the customers keen eye. If they are looking at buying this product they will want what is in the photo. A second point is that too many alterations are difficult to replicate from image to image so trying to show the same collection but them all looking slightly different will look unprofessional.

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So to summarize: Be organised. Use your equipment (its there for a reason). Make use of natural light as much as possible. Get to understand all the settings of the camera to get the best out of it. Make it as simple as possible dont over complicate anything. These tips can work for a variety of different situations like model photography or portrait photography but may need slight adaptations. For more information about our services or if you would like to learn more and are interested in our photography workshops please contact us on 02476 444438 or email us at info@bstylestudio.co.uk

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