20 Best Blog Posts of 2017 For Product Photographers
In an ever-growing world of freelance and startups, the ability to photograph products in a visually appealing manner is becoming essential and sought after. Whether you're a budding product photographer yourself, or simply looking to shoot your own products for an Etsy store, these are 20 of the most helpful blog posts to set you on the path to stunning images:
This post is ideal for those on a strict budget or those who are just starting to dip their toes into the world of photographing products. Paula covers everything from lighting temperatures and DIY sweeps, to the neccesity of keeping fishing line and clothespins in your "photographer's toolbox"!
Ellen Petty provides an inspiring call-to-action for finding and establishing your brand identity. She stresses that the atmosphere you craft within your photos can target an audience, enhance creativity, increase cohesion, maintain consistency, and set your service apart from competition.
Light tents are great for creating a beautifully diffused, consistent source of light. However, they're limited to shooting smaller products. This post from SLR Lounge weighs the pros and cons of investing in a light tent.
Becky Hayes writes on the strengths and weaknesses of using clean backgrounds versus more contextual lifestyle settings. This is a must-read for anyone working to foster a brand identity in eCommerce photography.
Whether you consider yourself Team Nikon or Team Canon, every photographer is looking for the highest quality lens to fit their photographic niche, at the best price. This article supplies just that.
Sweeps are an essential for shooting almost anything. Having a variety of sweeps however, can get expensive. This quick DIY shows you a simple way to make a variety of beautiful sweeps perfect for shooting smaller products.
Did you know that saving your photos under a PNG or GIF format can help to enhance the sharpness of the text? Are you familiar with the ideal pixel size to ensure high quality photos that are still able to load quickly? This blog post covers the checklist of things you may have overlooked, in straightforward layman's terms.
Lighting can make or break a photo. It can suggest a certain mood, as well as enhance (or take away from) the visual appeal of the product you're trying to market. This simple guide proves that having a sufficiently lit studio at home isn't impossible or inaccessible. Bulbs and umbrella stands for under $100? Count us in!
How do you achieve that perfect white background without risking over exposure? This article provides easy beginner tips for shooting settings, as well as quick fixes for post editing.
Need a photo in a hurry or on the go? Turn to your smartphone! As the cameras in these convenient little gadgets become more and more advanced, the need to carry around a bulky DSLR for those stunning lifestyle shots becomes less of a worry. This article covers the basics of editing apps, phone tripods, and the settings every product photographer should use to achieve the highest quality photos.
Natural lighting can illuminate your products with soft, beautiful framing. This lighting is versatile in that it can evoke a clean ambiance as well as a moody one, depending on the photographer and the time of day. Natural light photographers have to work quickly however, and shadows and disparities in color due to inconsistent lighting can pose a problem. As such, it's a good idea to read up on the proper process of natural lighting before completely forgoing artificial lighting.
Photo styling is a disciplined and sought after art form. Product photographers who specialize in culminating "lifestyle" atmospheres, particularly within the realm of food photography, will find these styling tips to be life changing.
Step up your product photography game by enabling your customers to see things from all sides!
Flat-lays can convey a variety of styles for a variety of products that are perfect for both websites and social media posts. This post gives great ideas for shooting clothing and accessories.
Those who are just beginning to dip their toes into the from-home eCommerce photography of platforms like Etsy and Ebay will appreciate this blogger's simplicity and candor.
If you thought you could get away without using a reflector, think again! Making this simple investment, along with a few other tips and tricks, can help eliminate those pesky silhouettes from your photos.
Who said post had to be a pain?
Should you use a matte background or a bright and glossy one? Should you use overcast natural lighting or an artificial setup? This articles briefs all the answers that jewelry product photographers should know!
Flat lays provide for a greater sense of atmosphere and connection to your audience by including personal touches of flair. Do you specialize in eCommerce photography for ceramics? Complete the scene with an office desk layout or a bundle of flowers! This stock photographer stylist walks you through her most basic and helpful tips for staging a photography that is attention-grabbing and visually interesting.
Shooting products doesn't have to be all about a plain background; make the shot interactive and get models involved! This can be especially helpful for any product that may require further insight regarding how to wear or use it.