If you’re in need of good images for your online store, you may need the help of a professional product photographer. However, your budget may not always allow for a professional service. That’s why you may want to try it yourself. This is especially true if you are a small startup company. Either way, you still need photographs of your products. That’s why Thrive Product Studio would like to provide you with the following introductory guide to DIY product photography.
Guide To DIY Product Photography
When it comes to product photography, it’s helpful to include more images than just one. In fact, over half of all online consumers report being more likely to make a purchase if there is at least three images to view.
Make A Game Plan
Don’t waste time when it comes to taking photographs of your products. Create a game plan with a shot list to know what direction you’re going. While you don’t need to stick to a specific set of rules, a game plan with a shot list will keep you from going blank during the process. Know what kind of shots you need to take and keep them uniform throughout the entire process.
Use The Proper Equipment
The most confusing part of DIY product photography is knowing what kind of equipment you’ll need. A white background is a great place to start. It’s simple and applies to most online platform requirements. It also makes the editing process easier. You’ll also need a platform or table to shoot on. Furthermore, a digital camera is important because they are simple and easy to use. A tripod is also helpful to maintain uniform shots. You can also create your own lighting tent and use a white foam board or white cards to help with reflection.
Depending on the time of day, natural lighting can be a good thing. However, a lighting tent is probably better to use in the long run. A good way to create a good background on a budget is to use white cardstock. You can bend and tape it to whatever table or platform you are using.
For professional looking pictures it’s important to adjust the settings on your camera and take numerous test shots. Turning off the flash can help keep from washing everything out. You’ll also want to make sure that white balance is set to auto unless you want to adjust it every time the light changes.
When it comes to product placement, try centering your product in the middle of your setup. Then, use your white foam reflector to help bounce light to your product. Take a few test shots to reduce glare and to ensure you have your product centered. This will help you double-check everything before you officially shoot anything. You’ll also want to take the time to edit and retouch your photos to take out any glares or unwanted colors in the background.
Thrive Product Studio
If DIY product photography doesn’t work out for you, you can hire the professionals at Thrive Product Studio to get the job done for an affordable price. Sending your products to us can save you time and money when it comes to getting the high-quality images you need. We’ll take the pictures and edit them for you. Want more information? Contact us by filling out our online form or call us at 1.877.681.0980.