Here are a few of our simple tips for taking great product shots…
Decide whether you’re going to have a background or have the background removed.If you’re going to have the background removed, try to keep it clean/simple (not complex – which makes it hard to define the edge of the product) – and ideally white (or contrasting to your product colour). We recommend sending images away to be “clipped” professionally – it should cost between 15-50p depending on the amount of images you have (the more you have the cheaper it is).
If you’re going to have a background, also keep it simple – so not to distract from the product. You could also have a relevant background – slightly blurred out (or not in the same focus as the project). Here’s an example…
If you’re not able to get hold of a lighting rig then try to shoot your product in sunlight. Don’t use a flash on your products – this will generate shadows and likely means the space where you’re taking the shot is too dark – dark photos (espically when the background is removed) look bad.
Most digital cameras these days will do a decent job. Ensure your camera is set to high resolution – using auto focus. There’s no need for a “RAW” format – JPG is fine. If you’re sending your images away to be “clipped” – always send the highest-resolution photos possible.
- Close Ups
Particularly with clothing, it’s best to try and get a few close ups of the product’s details – this will help the buyer make a choice.
There are many free editing apps/softwares available to brighten and sharpen your images if needed – but be careful not to over-edit them, espically if your product is a specific colour or shade, this should always be shown as close to true as possible.
As well as using your photos on your website, you can use them on your social media channels too – perhaps with text on top or as a gallery (in Instagram).