Disclaimer! I am not a trained photographer… I don’t know the technical terms and I am winging it.
So why should you take your own photos?
- It speeds everything up, you can have a product live quickly
- Its cost effective
- You can develop your own style
- The more images you have the easier you will find social media and creating content like blogs.
What I use
2 x Studio Soft Lights 1 x LED Light Ring
Lots of A1 card for backgounds
Photoboards for backgrounds
Living in the UK I often have to use studio lights although I prefer natural daylight some days there just isn’t very much. I have a big proper tripod but never use it! Simply because I don’t have enough room and find it easier to use the camera in my hands. I am a big fan of the auto setting on my camera for close ups I macro and portrait if I want the back ground a little blurred.
All of my photos are edited. They are simply crap until I work a little editing magic. I am an Apple girl so I use Iphoto. My editing process goes like this.
- Crop out anything that shouldn’t be there.
- Straighten the image, a wonky table top never looks good.
- Lighten the image.
That’s about it. I name all my images and upload them to dropbox. This makes it easy for me to grab the photo if I want to use it for a social media post.
These are some of my top tips.
- Take the photo straight on rather than looking down.
- Be aware of angles when taking the photo, the tiniest of steps to the left or right meant that I didn’t see one of the legs at the back of the table.
- Have some blu tac to hand, I often blue tac things down or use it to level things like for example the watermelon.
- Build up a basket of props that work with your products.I know my photos are not perfect and I am sure I will continue to learn.