As the digital marketplace grows, the demand for good content and eye-catching media increases with it. More and more brands and entrepreneurs are taking the photography in-house to keep up with demand, while keeping production costs down. So, as a product photographer recognizing the need for assistance, I wanted to take the time to share 5 key thoughts and tips that could be useful.
Product photography requires you to really make the subject really pop. You want to make the customer buy a certain product, and for this, you need a perfect photo. You may need that super-expensive gear and a studio are a must to create appealing product photos. But, photographer Tom Watts shows you a simple product photography setup you can easily make and use at home. It doesn’t take too much space and it’s very subject to DIY solutions.
If you make a lot of product shots, especially with small items, I’ve found a wonderful DIY build for you. It’s a turntable you can make yourself, it requires no motor and it’s super-cheap. You’ll spend around $20 and a couple of minutes to make it, and get great results.
Motorized turntables for product photography are not that expensive (around $100). But if you can make your own for 5 times less money and in just a few minutes – why wouldn’t you? Jordan Carrasquillo of New Amsterdam Photo Video shows you how to build this great solution for 360 product videos and photos, along with some shooting and editing tips.
We’re in a world where robots seem to be taking over many of our jobs. I’m not saying whether this is a good or bad thing, it’s just reality. But this one I find to be a little bit strange. Especially when delays on professional photography shoots are usually not down to the photographer this system attempts to replace.
Regardless, in an attempt to apparently try and keep something as efficient as it already is, StyleShoots have launched Live. A robotic photo studio that, in theory, eliminates the need for a photographer or any other crew. Combining depth sensors, lighting rigs, a Canon 1DX Mark II (with a cheap 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 lens), and some nifty software on the iPad, all you need is a model and stylist.
Light tents can be a wonderful thing. They’re certainly not going to get your best product photos, but they’re a great way to photograph a lot of things quickly. Once they’re set up, you just keep swapping items out as you shoot. Light tents aren’t always that expensive, either. You can pick them up online fairly inexpensively. But then you have to wait for them to show up.
So, what can you do to get shooting right now? Well, you can make your own. Like photographer Doug McKinlay does in this video. It’ll cost you virtually nothing to make, as you’ll probably have most of the required items in your home already. And, best of all, you won’t need to wait for the delivery guy.
At some point, most of us will have to shoot a product. It may be for a paying client. Perhaps for a family member who wants to stick something on eBay. Or we might just want to show off our newest toy on Facebook. Whatever the reason, your life is generally going to be a lot easier if you can get things as close to the final image in-camera. It’s less time sitting at the computer, letting you get on with actually shoting.
This 20 minute video tutorial from Karl Taylor walks us through a cosmetics product photography shoot. The emphasis here is on lighting, and getting things as close to complete in camera as possible. There are, obviously, one or two tweaks that can still be made in Photoshop. But the differences between the image straight out of camera, and the final retouched shot are minimal.
Facebook’s takeover of Instagram becomes more apparent by the day. We’ve seen ads, selective algorithm driven feeds, business pages and other features. Some good, some bad. Now, we get online shopping, too. We already have ads popping up in our feeds as we browse. Now we’ll start seeing them inside the posts themselves.
Facebook’s own “marketplace” seems to have completely taken control over the iOS app. I’m constantly being told about tat that people have for sale in various groups with no way to shut it off. Hopefully, Instagram’s new shopping implementation will be a little less annoying.
We saw Colin G Prickett’s light bo and was blown away. Lucky us! Colin sent us the complete build if you want to build one yourself, or get some inspiration
A visit to Homebase resulted in the purchase of a plastic box on wheels.
I cut a hole in the side and another on the lid, screwed in some wooden battens for fixing four interior “daylight” LED lights (2 on the side and 2 on the lid).
Here is a nice concept for product photography. If you are familiar with table-top, you will love this table-bottom concept.
When I first saw this one I thought that it had to be CG. I was wrong, very wrong. Built around a giant ice cube, this is actually a very intricately designed photograph.
In this video, Resource magazine go behind the scenes with photographer Adrian Mueller, giving some great insight. Using a variety of lighting and prop making techniques, the final result is simply amazing.