Quick and Dirty Product Photography 101

March 13, 2014

product photography kit
With the proliferation of Instagram everyone thinks they’re a photographer! Just take out your phone, snap a photo, add a filter and presto. But photography is an art form. Especially with products where you have to capture the look and feel of your product. Great product photography makes people imagine plucking the product right off the screen. But you’re not a pro! And that’s okay. You can still take beautiful product shots with some basic tools. Let us lay it on you.

 

 

product photography kit a good camera

THE ESSENTIALS: A good camera.

Not your regular point and shoot. Invest in a digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR). There are plenty of great entry level cameras that won’t break your budget. Tripod. Steady your shots and have uniform photos at the same angle for each product.

 

product photography kit lighting

Let there be light, light and more light.

If you’re on a tight budget and happen to live in a sunny area (aka not Seattle) you can get by on natural light through a window. Otherwise buy a decent budget light kit that include 2-3 lights with stands and umbrellas. Background. A neutral background works best for products. Seamless paper rolls can be a bit expensive, but a worth while investment. Budget options are project poster board or foam board.

product photography kit - clamps 

HANDY TO HAVE: Clamps.

Keep your paper where you want it with some grips/clamps of some sort. Photo Editing Software While expensive, Photoshop is a powerful editing tool for those who know how to use it. Not to worry, there are also free programs available that range from being super simple to as advanced to Photoshop. COPY CAT:Are you eyeing our photo studio? Here's the breakdown of where you can purchase everything:

And there you have the basic recipe to great product photos. Just add some basic photography know how and you're set!

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